NFL requiring players at certain positions to wear helmet shells in training camp

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The NFL voted on two health and safety changes Tuesday.

They are mandating that all offensive lineman, tight ends, defensive linemen and linebackers practice while wearing Guardian Cap helmet shells from the beginning of training camp until the second preseason game.

The soft-shell helmet cover is engineered for impact reduction.

“Our aim is very clear: We want to reduce the amount, the intensity and the timing of head contact,” Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said. “That is a goal that we’ve stated. Our concussion numbers have gone down, but we think that’s not the full story. We recognize concussion as being on one end of the spectrum of brain injuries. We want to reduce avoidable head contact. We’ve been very public about that goal. The Guardian Cap is part of that effort.”

The NFL also is requiring teams use sensors during training camp practices and activities and provide the raw data from those sensors to the league. It is part of the league’s injury reduction efforts.

5 responses to “NFL requiring players at certain positions to wear helmet shells in training camp

  1. pab08 says:
    March 29, 2022 at 3:26 pm
    Ten years late.


    The NFLPA could have done this before the league…

  2. If your going to use the contact data as a premise for other safety measures to be applied then every player should wear them during practice regardless of position. It only makes sense for long term health, and why not?

  3. Long overdue, but about time! Excited to see some real change for the betterment of player health in the league.

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