NOCSAE Clarifies Statement Concerning Certification of Helmets Using Unequal® Technologies Supplemental Head Padding Coaches, trainers, equipment managers and parents cleared to use Unequal products in helmets
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa., Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 16, 2013, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) Board of Directors released a statement suggesting that the use of certain aftermarket helmet add-on products may void helmet certifications. To avoid potential confusion about the impact of the statement on the use of Unequal Technologies products, Unequal asked NOCSAE to clarify their statement. NOCSAE general counsel Mike Oliver has confirmed that because Unequal supplemental head padding in a helmet is not intended to, and does not, permanently attach to the helmet, the use of Unequal product will not void a helmet's certification.
"Unequal appreciates NOCSAE's governing role in overseeing equipment standards and supports its mission to enhance athlete safety," said Rob Vito, CEO of Unequal.
About Unequal Technologies
Unequal Technologies' mission is to protect people in the military, sports, work and life. Unequal Technologies is the leading provider of supplemental protection. Its patented fusion of a military-grade composite fortified with DuPont™ Kevlar® is engineered for customized, concealed protection. Unequal is committed to help reduce blunt force trauma generated by sports and military impacts. Professionals in the NFL, NHL, MLB and X Games, as well as college and youth athletes in football, baseball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, action sports, contact sports and other activities, wear Unequal's protective head and body gear. With more than 85 international and U.S. patents and patents pending, Unequal products have been tested by independent certified laboratories, OEM facilities and top universities and shown to reduce up to 50 percent of the Severity Index – a measurement of hazard or risk of injury – as compared to helmets without Unequal. Unequal is the proud recipient of the DuPont™ Innovation Award and is one of Forbes' 100 Most Promising Companies. For more information, visit www.unequal.com.
The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce athletic injuries and death through standards and certification for athletic equipment. Schools and universities look to NOCSAE certification of equipment, particularly helmets, to protect players and reduce liability. NOCSAE data indicate a significant reduction in athlete fatalities and brain injuries when using NOCSAE certified equipment.
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