SEATTLE, Nov. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Notre Dame announced today it will primarily equip the football team with the VICIS ZERO1 helmet during the 2018 football season. The Irish will be the first college program to outfit the majority of its roster with the ZERO1, ranked the safest helmet by the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).
Student-athletes on the 2018 Notre Dame football team will receive a customized ZERO1 to wear during practice and in games. Select Notre Dame players first began wearing the ZERO1 during the team's Oct. 21, 2017 home game against USC.
"Player safety has always been and will continue to be a top priority at Notre Dame," said Brian Kelly, the Dick Corbett Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame. "We already have some guys wearing the ZERO1 this year and, based on the positive feedback, we're looking forward to near-full adoption next season."
Available for the first time to NFL and NCAA teams this season, the ZERO1 is designed to reduce impact forces and mitigate collisions from multiple directions. The helmet's multilayered structure is built to provide improved impact absorption and a comfortable, anatomically optimized fit. The ZERO1's unique columnar layer is designed to absorb impacts from any direction, allowing it to slow forces from straightforward collisions or glancing blows, and has been specifically tuned to optimally respond to impact.
"Notre Dame is the gold standard to which all other programs are measured, and its dedication to player safety further cements its status as the most iconic and revered program in college football," said Dave Marver, VICIS CEO and co-founder. "We commend the University on its decision to outfit its players in the ZERO1 when they take the field in 2018."
The announcement follows the launch of VICIS' online marketplace and the commercial availability of the ZERO1 to athletes on fields everywhere. For additional information about VICIS and the ZERO1, or to reserve a helmet, visit www.vicis.co.
Headquartered in Seattle, VICIS is a sports technology company focused on developing highly engineered football helmets that improve protection and performance. VICIS' flagship helmet, the ZERO1, was shaped by some of the world's leading athletes, engineers, and neurosurgeons, and ranked first in the 2017 NFL/NFLPA Helmet Laboratory Performance Testing. VICIS is funded by several prominent spine and neurological surgeons, current and former NFL players, Harry Fath, the Peregrine Group, angelMD, W Fund, Alliance of Angels, and Trilogy Equity Partners. For more information, please visit http://www.vicis.co/.
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