Schutt Sports using new technology for upgraded helmets
Schutt Sports has emerged as the lone major football helmet company to advance beyond using traditional foam padding to protect players.
For the past dozen years, Schutt Sports has utilized a new technology that was born in the United States military and adapted by Schutt for the football field.
Thermoplastic urethane has been used in various forms by fighter pilots, paratroopers, Navy SEALS and other members of the U.S. military over the past few decades. Schutt re-designed the material specifically for use as a technologically-advanced impact absorption system in its football helmets.
It's called the TPU Cushioning system and is now used in all of Schutt's varsity helmets.
Testing has determined that TPU Cushioning has proven superior to traditional foam padding in terms of absorbing impacts.
TPU isn't affected by cold or hot weather.
"TPU cushioning has been proven by independent testing the last three years to absorb more impact under a wider range of temperatures than any other helmet currently being worn by NFL players," said Glenn Beckmann, Schutt Sports' director of marketing communications. "We're the only major helmet manufacturer to advance beyond the traditional foam padding that's been used since the 1970s. We take pride that we make the helmet as safe as possible and TPU makes that a reality.”
Roughly 40 percent of all NFL players wear Schutt helmets, including Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
Schutt Sports isn't saying it won't prevent concussions despite the advancements.
"As a company, we will never make a claim that out helmets will reduce the risk of concussions and we do not want to create a false sense of security in a player," Beckmann said. " Every company that makes helmets currently being used in the NFL will agree that there is no such thing as a concussion-proof helmet."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun