The NFL has approved its first position-specific helmet for offensive and defensive linemen after releasing results of its lab review of helmet performance.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) released results of their annual helmet test, which ranked 41 helmet models based on ‘extensive laboratory research to evaluate which helmets best reduce head impact severity’.
A new position-specific helmet - the VICIS Zero2-R Trench - which is designed for offensive and defensive linemen and features bumpers on the front and upper sides, came in second place.
The helmet’s bumpers are positioned where research indicates that most impact takes place specifically for players who play in the lineman position.
The NFL says the laboratory test conditions are intended to ‘represent potentially concussive head impacts in the NFL’, and therefore should not be extrapolated beyond the league into other areas of the sport, such as collegiate, high school or youth American football.