NFL and NFLPA 2020 Helmet Laboratory Testing Perfo
This note is to inform you that the NFL, in collaboration with the NFLPA and their appointed biomechanical experts, released the 2020 helmet laboratory testing performance results, which are included here. This is the third consecutive year in which such results were released. The Light LS1 composite helmet joins a list of 12 previously prohibited helmets listed below. Additionally, three helmets are “not recommended.”
The following statements from the NFL are noteworthy:
Issues of helmet fit, retention, and long-term durability are not addressed. The rankings are based exclusively on the ability of the helmet to reduce head impact severity measures in laboratory testing.
The results of this study should not be extrapolated to football at the collegiate, high school, or youth football level.
NCAA Football Playing Rules mandate that all football helmets must be certified by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). The NFL and NOCSAE use different helmet testing methodologies. Further, the Virginia Tech Varsity Football Helmet Ratings utilize criteria that differ from both NOCSAE and the NFL and produce findings that do not align with the NFL results.
Please review your helmet inventory to determine if you have any of the models now banned by the NFL. Although there is no definitive rating system for football helmets, the NCAA remains committed to the NOCSAE football helmet performance standard. Every member school should establish policy to assure on an annual basis NOCSAE certification and reconditioning, as appropriate, for all football helmets.
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