Tag Archives: Protective Gear

High School Girls Lacrosse: Princeton (NJ) School District To Require Headgear For All Middle And High School Girls Lacrosse Players

The SG360 model will be mandated in Princeton schools for women's lacrosse and field hockey.  (Photo courtesy of HRP Products, Inc.)

The SG360 model will be mandated in Princeton schools for women’s lacrosse and field hockey. (Photo courtesy of HRP Products, Inc.)

Princeton’s school board unanimously approved the new headgear rule following a strong recommendation from the district’s athletic director. Quinn said that as far as he knows, Princeton is the only district in the state to have such a policy. The district will pay for the SG360 headgear, which runs about $60 in retail.

A few years ago, New Jersey enacted a law mandating student athletes with a suspected concussion get medical clearance before being allowed to return to play.

Now, the Princeton school district has gone a step further, requiring headgear for all middle- and high-school soccer, field hockey and lacrosse players.

While parents and coaches hope that will reduce the risk for concussions, some sports experts aren’t convinced it will help.

Tim Quinn, president of Princeton’s school board, said nothing can totally prevent a concussion from happening, “but if we can minimize the effect of any sort of head injury, I think that’s a good thing. I think what we’re doing here is looking out for the best interests of our athletes.”

For more:  http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/health-science/item/58190-princeton-schools-mandating-headgear-for-soccer-lacrosse-field-hockey?Itemid=3

Lacrosse Injuries: Pennsylvania High School Girls Lacrosse Team Using New “Kevlar Composite Protective Headband” In Pilot Program To Help Protect Players From Concussions (Video)

Unequal Technologies Kevlar Composite Headband For Concussion Protection

Unequal Technologies Kevlar Composite Headband For Concussion Protection

The same padding used to protect Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch and James Harrison from hard hits is now being tested by student athletes at an Allegheny County high school.

Quaker Valley freshman Aubrey Bouchard missed nearly four months of school with two concussions playing sports.

“(There was) dizziness, (I was) not able to concentrate,” she said of her injury.

Nellie Kraus, coach of the girls’ lacrosse team at Quaker Valley High School, was so concerned about concussions, her team became part of a pilot program to test a new Kevlar composite headband.

“I see girls with symptoms of concussions on a weekly basis,” she said.

There are no helmets in girls’ lacrosse but Kraus said the play can get pretty physical.

“There’s multiple properties going on in the composite that enables us to absorb anywhere from up to 50 percent of the impact,” Rob Vito, CEO of Unequal Technologies said while showing Channel 11 the padding.

Unequal Technologies is a Pennsylvania company that created the Band, an adjustable protective headband.

“It conforms to the body. It’s flexible and malleable, but it can stop a truck,” Vito said.

“In practice I got hit in the head with a stick and I was thankfully wearing my headband that could have been my third concussion,” said Bouchard.

When the girls first got the Band, they were a quarter of an inch thick.

They told company leaders they were too uncomfortable, so Unequal went back to the drawing board and readjusted.

Now, the Band is one-eighth of an inch thick.

For more:  http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/product-designed-better-protect-athletes-concussio/nXs3D/

Lacrosse Injuries: Study Shows Eye Injuries In Women’s Lacrosse Drop “Dramatically” After 2004 US Lacrosse Requirement For Protective Eye Gear

In 2005, after urgings from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and other groups, US Lacrosse required that girls and women wear eye protection.

Four of the five injuries that occurred after the eyewear requirement happened while the girls were not wearing the protective gear. The fifth injury involved eye inflammation.

“I am impressed, but not surprised,” said Dr. Stuart Dankner, a pediatric ophthalmologist who sits on the eye safety committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dankner, who was not involved in the new study, said that eye protection has reduced injuries in hockey, baseball and other sports.

“It’s just a shame that it took so long” to become mandated for women’s lacrosse, he added.

Men’s lacrosse, which is considered a collision sport, introduced eye gear before the women’s game, which is a non-contact sport.

Dankner told Reuters Health that he has treated cases of severe eye injury among girls who played lacrosse, either from getting smacked with the stick, colliding with another player, or getting hit with the ball.

The new study, funded by US Lacrosse, tracked eye injuries among 25 high school girls lacrosse teams for four years before the mandate and six years after the mandate.

From 2000 to 2003, there were 22 eye injuries, and from 2004 to 2009 there were just five. That corresponds to one injury per player per 10,000 practices and games versus 1.6 per 100,000.

Four of the five injuries that occurred after the eyewear requirement happened while the girls were not wearing the protective gear. The fifth injury involved eye inflammation.

“As long as the athletes are wearing it seems to be doing what we hope it would,” said lead author Andrew Lincoln, the director of sports medicine research at MedStar Health Research Institute in Baltimore.

Other injuries to the face and head also went down, from 33 before the mandate to 21 after.

For more:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/15/us-eye-injuries-down-idUSTRE7BE1PQ20111215

Easton Sports Set To Formally Introduce “Easton Lacrosse” In January 2011 With High-Quality, Innovative Equipment And “Concussion Management” Helmet Technology Central To Company


 “…In January 2011 we will introduce, formally, Easton Lacrosse. We’re excited about it. In North America if you are looking at team sports, lacrosse for much of the last 10 years has been on the fastest growth rate. It’s penetrating more and more areas of the U.S…”

 “The heightened awareness around head injuries, concussion management, are incredibly topical and central to who we are as a company.” 

Chris Zimmerman, President of Easton Sports. Photograph by Nick Procaylo, PNG

Easton Sports President Chris Zimmerman’s mandate includes a push to make Easton the dominant brand in hockey, baseball and softball — and to establish a dominant presence in a rapidly growing market for lacrosse gear. The following is from a December 23, 2010 interview in The Vancouver Sun:

What is your primary objective as president?

It all starts with creating a culture and putting together a leadership team that can inspire and drive a rapidly changing business.

The second piece is a vibrant, well funded R-and-D team that is giving us a pipeline of new products that excite players.

But if you only do that in today’s world, the consumer is not going to find you. So for us it is all about that combined attack of really great product and then bringing the same level of innovation to our storytelling.

Is the technology changing for sports equipment?

Products don’t stay on the market quite as long because it’s become more competitive, there are more companies trying to accomplish the same things. Either it’s on the protection side, finding the right levels of protection that can be consistent with where the game is going, or on the performance side of how we find that unique way to build the next stick that is going to give players an edge that other products don’t.

What changes are you making with helmets?

Collectively, we make more helmets than any other company in the world for sports.

We have just created a facility called the helmet technology centre, nicknamed the Dome.

We have over 40 engineers working across all our sports, being able to share research, testing, insights about new foams for protections, different fit systems, and so we believe that we are positioned — in a world where the interest level, the sensitivity and the needs are going up to better understand head protection — to be both a thought leader and an innovation leader. It’s absolutely a corporate priority.

For more:  http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Canucks+finds+challenge+with+Easton/4017845/story.html

Lacrosse Equipment: “EASTON LACROSSE Has Arrived” With Launch Of “New Website” And Introduction Of Casey Powell “The Ambassador”, Michael Evans “The Enforcer”, And Brett Queener “The Innovator” As Company Spokesmen Who Will Attend “Fall Lacrosse Classic” In San Francisco For Easton Lacrosse Clinics On Oct. 16 At Kezar Stadium

Michael Evans “The Enforcer”, Casey Powell “The Ambassador”, and Brett Queener “The Innovator” will be the spokesmen and faces of Easton Lacrosse.

Easton Lacrosse is dedicated to performance, protection, innovation and passion – the same principles that drive the other Easton-Bell brands.

We are honored to bring the best of innovation and tradition, along with today’s leading technology, to America’s fastest growing field sport.Easton-Bell Sports acquired Talon Lacrosse in January 2010 to mark its official entry into the lacrosse market, despite the fact that Easton has been designing lacrosse equipment for the last decade and holds innovative patents in the lacrosse space. The marriage of Easton-Bell’s engineering and expertise of invention and Talon’s passion, knowledge and tradition that honors the soul of the game is at the heart of Easton Lacrosse.The authenticity and commitment of Talon’s founders to the sport of lacrosse has no rival. Doug Appleton, Cort Kim and Blake Kim have always been lacrosse players first, but they are also coaches, organizers, inventors, designers and entrepreneurs. Each has spent the last decades growing the sport far from their roots in Baltimore and New York to California and around the world.The professional athletes who represent Easton Lacrosse epitomize the company values of integrity and dedication to the sport at every level, from grassroots to professional play. 

Casey Powell

 A true legend and ambassador of the game. Casey has an impressive list of accomplishments that includes being a two-time member of the US National Team, four National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star selections, along with being a four-time All-American, two-time National Player of the Year and National Champion at Syracuse. Powell recently became the first ever US-born player to win the MVP of the NLL in 2010.

Brett Queener

 MLL goalie and NLL offensive player is one of the most innovative, versatile and talented players in the game today; a charismatic character, he has a big game and a personality to match it.

Michael Evans

 MLL All-Pro and three-time All-American defenseman Michael Evans is considered by many to be the best lock-down defensemen in the game today, known for his punishing and physical style.These three handpicked lacrosse superstars will be involved in developing and testing new products, while participating in camps, clinics and other events for Easton Lacrosse and creating exclusive content for EastonLacrosse.com.

About Easton-Bell Sports


Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment and accessories that enhance athletic performance and protection. We have a history of bringing ‘game changing’ innovation and materials to the fastest and toughest of sports – hockey, baseball, football, softball and cycling. We are known for engineering prowess and applying that science to the specific needs of each sport to create world-class sporting goods equipment and industry-leading brands.Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. has four primary brands:



Founded in 1922, Easton offers ice hockey, baseball, softball, cycling components, and now lacrosse. We believe Easton is recognized as one of the most innovative brands in the baseball, softball and ice hockey equipment industry, and we believe we will soon have a similar reputation in the lacrosse industry as well. Consumers choose Easton branded products due to their combination of performance, quality and value. As a result, we have been able to build and maintain relationships with some of the most visible professional athletes in the National Hockey League, including All-Star players Dany Heatley, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Zetterberg, and in Major League Baseball with All-Star players Jason Bay, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp.



Founded in 1954, Bell offers helmets for cycling, motorcycles (street and motocross), auto racing, skateboarding and other action sports. Bell is the #1 brand in the United States by sales in cycling helmets and accessories. Consumers choose Bell-branded cycling helmets due to their design, fit, quality, durability and value. The Bell brand image of toughness, dependability and performance is supported through the use and endorsement of its products by such high-profile athletes as road cycling champions Cadel Evans and George Hincapie, motorcycle race champion Aaron Gobert and motocross champion James Stewart.



Founded in 1986, Giro offers premium helmets for cycling, snow skiing and snowboarding, as well as snow goggles, cycling gloves and cycling shoes. The Giro brand is the #2 brand in the United States by sales in cycling helmets (second only to our own Bell) and the #1 brand in the United States by sales in ski and snowboard helmets. Giro has a reputation for innovation as well as sleek, stylish and speed-oriented designs. The Giro brand image is reinforced through the use and endorsement of Giro products by leading professional athletes, including Tour de France winners Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador and Winter X Games gold medal winners Gretchen Bleiler and Simon Dumont.



Founded in 1929, Riddell is one of the most recognized brands in football. The Riddell-branded helmet is used by numerous Division I NCAA football teams and has been the Official Helmet of the National Football League since 1989. Under the Riddell brand, we sell football helmets, shoulder pads and related equipment, uniforms and reconditioning services for our football and other team sports products. 

Lacrosse Equipment And Protective Gear: Easton-Bell Sports Designs And Manufactures Top Sports Helmets And Protective Gear (Video)

Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment, protective products and related accessories. The company markets and licenses products under such well-known brands as Easton, Bell, Giro, Riddell, and Blackburn. Easton-Bell Sports' products incorporate leading technology and designs and are used by professional athletes and enthusiasts alike. Headquartered in Van Nuys, Calif., the company has 30 facilities worldwide.