The NFL and NFLPA shared the results of their extensive laboratory research testing which uncovered the best and worst helmets at reducing head impact severity today.
At the top of the list as the safest were the VICIS Zero1 from 2017, as well as the 2018 model, followed by the Riddell Speedflex Precision.
Other brands in the top performing group include Xenith, Schutt, and three other Riddell models.
The worst performing group, which the NFL has decided to prohibit players from wearing unless they wore them in 2017, includes the helmet of choice of Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
The Riddell VSR4, which Brady had been wearing, is one of the 4 still allowed for players who wore it in 2017 but disallowed for new players. https://t.co/c918m52MnZ
— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) April 16, 2018
Other helmets on the now prohibited list from the NFL include a trio of Rawlings helmets (Quantum, Impulse, and Tachyon models). The worst performing of all the helmets researched was the Schutt Air XP
Below are the results in full.
Coaches at the high school and college levels should take a look at this closely and match it up with what you have in the equipment room. If you’re outfitting your guys with helmets in the top performing group, congratulations. If you’re not, this may be type of research-based fuel that you can use to get your guys outfitted in the safest possible helmet.