Football players, coaches and fans are well aware — concussions are a serious problem in the sport. And with the VICIS ZERO1 football helmet, innovators are looking for a way to help make that an issue of the past.
While many companies have attempted to use advanced technology to create a safer football helmet with varying levels of success, it appears this helmet is gaining some traction at both the college and NFL levels.
According to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Solomon, “most of college football’s Top 25 teams” will try out the helmet during spring practice, and as many as 10 NFL teams will give it a test during offseason workouts. UAB has reached an agreement to partner with the company in developing the helmet, which is aimed at reducing concussions.
Here is how it is supposed to work, per the VICIS ZERO1 website:
The ZERO1’s multiple layers work together to slow impact forces. The helmet features a soft outer shell and an underlying layer of columns designed to mitigate collisions from multiple directions.
The ZERO1 delivers breakthroughs in safety based on current, state of the art testing protocols. It also elevates performance, featuring the industry’s widest ﬁeld of peripheral view and low aerodynamic drag. Our tagline is Protect the Athlete/Elevate the Game™ – and that’s what we’ve done with the ZERO1.
NFL legend Roger Staubach is an investor and Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Tony Dorsett are among those associated with the company the company.
The cost for the helmet is a staggering $1,500. But it’s created with “elite” football in mind, and is not currently built for youth or high school competition.
“We went about this to build the best possible helmet, not necessarily an inexpensive helmet,” said VICIS CEO Dave Marver, per Solomon’s report.
Here’s a look at how the helmet works: