DALLAS, Aug. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To help reduce the possibility of head injury and its severity, UNEQUAL® Technologies, the leading provider of athletic protective wear featuring a patented military-grade composite, armored up participants with supplemental helmet and body protection during Saturday's 2012 Battle X youth football tournament at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Sports-related and recreational concussions occur in nearly 3.8 million cases each year across professional, collegiate and youth sports, according to the CDC.
"UNEQUAL Technologies is committed to keeping kids protected on the field and to ensuring the highest quality of safety and head injury protection in all levels of sports," said Unequal CEO Rob Vito. "With recent news around concussions in football, we recognize the football industry sits at a pivotal moment where supplemental protection cannot be an afterthought. We were thrilled with the opportunity to team up with Battle X to reinforce to the youth football community how serious we are about keeping kids protected on the field."
Pride Youth Football Club of Forney, TX, served as host team at Battle X, with Unequal outfitting each player from the host team in protective EXO Skeleton® products. The first head-to-toe protection made with a military-grade, battle-tested composite, EXO Skeleton includes girdles and rib protectors for the body, and CRT™ (Concussion Reduction Technology), supplemental helmet protective pads.
Battle X featured more than 80 competitive youth football teams from Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The full day of youth football competitions also included stadium tours of Cowboys Stadium, Rhythm & Blues dance instruction, and protective gear demonstrations for parents and players. Organizers estimate 5,000 people attended.
"There is a huge national concern around concussion protection in high-impact sports like football," said Don Vrana, president of the Pride Football Club. "Membership in youth football is down 20 percent nationwide this year; we partnered with Unequal because we understand the importance of introducing youth to CRT and preventative protective gear at an early age."
"We can't lose our athletes to fear of injury, and Unequal is leading the charge in protecting our players."
To learn more about UNEQUAL® Technologies or the EXO Skeleton product lines, visit unequal.com.
About UNEQUAL® Technologies
UNEQUAL Technologies is the leading provider of supplemental protection for sports and military. Unequal was born on the battlefield and forged on the gridiron. Unequal is a highly advanced supplemental protection that may reduce the possibility of injury. It is a fusion of military grade, battle tested composites engineered for maximum protection. This produces superior shock-blocking properties that may help dramatically reduce impact shock and blunt force trauma generated by sports and military encounters. Professionals in the NFL, NHL, MLB, college athletes and youth athletes in football, baseball, lacrosse, X-treme sports, contact sports and other activities wear UNEQUAL's protective head and body armor. With more than 67 International and U.S. patents and patents pending, UNEQUAL has been tested by independent accredited laboratories, OEM facilities and top universities. Unequal is the proud recipient of the DuPont™ Innovation Award and Forbes' 100 Most Promising Companies. For more information, visit www.unequal.com.
About Pride Football Club
The Pride Football Club is one of the most progressive youth football organizations in the country. Pride players have the opportunity to play against kids their own age in our age-pure system. Each player is taught age-appropriate fundamental football in a positive environment. The team is committed to teaching sportsmanship while building self-esteem and confidence in our young athletes. Each member of the coaching staff undergoes a background check and is certified by USA Football, a nationally recognized governing organization for youth athletics. Each year Pride football players and cheerleaders get to experience what it is like to play and perform in first class high school stadiums, SMU's Ford Stadium, and Cowboys Stadium. In partnership with USA Football, the Pride hosted the 2011 North Texas Association of Youth Football regional playoffs and the first annual USAF Texas State championships. To learn more about the Pride Football Club, visit www.prideyouthfootball.com.
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