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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Several St. Mary's football athletes test out new, safer helmets

  • The next big thing in concussion safety is being tested out by 7-8 football players on St. Mary’s varsity football team.
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  • The next big thing in concussion safety is being tested out by 7-8 football players on St. Mary’s varsity football team.
     
    Founded in 2011, SG Helmets are catching a lot of buzz within the football community lately. SG’s slogan, “Half the weight, twice the protection,” is the helmet’s main selling point for football athletes world-wide. With over 40 years of racing experience, owner Bill Simpson has created a football helmet that is not only much easier on the neck as it weighs as little as two pounds, but it also is shown to reduce the amount of head-related injuries on the field.
     
    SG’s outside shell is made of carbon Kevlar, which is lighter and more flexible than a standard helmet’s hard plastic. The helmets are made to absorb hits, which according to a research study at Purdue University, helps disperse hits before they reach the head at least 50 percent better than a standard helmet.
     
    According to a NFL report, there were more than 200 players who received minor to major concussions last season. Because of the 15 year tradition of NFL players wearing Riddell helmets, SG is marketing more toward the younger crowd. Many high school athletes are trying out the helmets, including St. Mary’s senior Jaden Wait. Wait said his grandparent bought him the helmet to try out this season.
     
    “It’s lighter. I can wear it all day and not get sore from it,” Wait said. “I haven’t played with it yet so I haven’t seen how it works.”
     
    Wait believes he will be more agile this year due to the lighter weight of the helmet. Even with a price tag of around $300, Wait said it might become the new standard.
     
    “I think they’ll become more popular.”
     
    As the football season approaches, Wait said he won’t play any different than last year but is excited to see what the helmet can do.
     

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