The helmet is manufactured by VICIS, and is the first helmet designed specifically for quarterbacks. The helmet’s release comes just months after the end of the 2022 season, which saw the number of diagnosed concussions rise by 18% league-wide, with much of the rise attributed to a spike in concussions suffered by quarterbacks. The Zero2 Matrix QB helmet has already undergone lab testing that simulated concussion-causing impacts sustained by quarterbacks, the league told teams in a memo.
The new QB protection helmet is based on their Matrix System: a microfilament structure which is a replacement to the DLTA fit system for the MATRIX helmet.
Per VICIS, “MATRIX provides ultimate flexibility in the fitting process without having to wait for a custom-manufactured helmet. By providing multiple unique fit contours per location and adjustable comfort top layers, the MATRIX pods are ready for gameplay out of the box. In addition, this allows for immediate fit feedback from players that can be adjusted at any time.”
“Similar to DLTA pods, MATRIX pods deliver customized comfort and a secure fit without air bladders. This is accomplished by unique biofidelic contoured pads which elevates the locked-in fit of the ZERO2 MATRIX.”
The United Brain Association supports the implementation of this technology across the NFL and into other arenas where protective headgear has already been mandated. We also wish healthy and successful seasons to all athletes in all sports.
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