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The two top testing facilities of the NFL and Virginia Tech agree; The ZERO1 and ZERO1 Youth provide the highest level of protection possible
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THE VICIS ZERO1 PERFORMED BETTER THAN ALL OTHER HELMETS IN NFL/NFLPA PERFORMANCE TESTING AND RECEIVED A 5-STAR RATING FROM VIRGINIA TECH HELMET RATINGS
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Each year, the NFL and NFLPA partner with an independent laboratoryto extensively test football helmets used in the NFL. The protocoldetermines which helmets best reduce head impact severity. Results ofthe 2018 test are available here. The shorter the bar, the better theperformance.
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5 STAR RATED
Each year, Virginia Tech researchers provide unbiased helmet ratingsfree of funding or influence from helmet makers. The ratings result from over 10 years of research on on-field head impacts and according to Virginia Tech, identify which helmets best reduce head injury risk.Results of the 2018 test are available here, showing the ZERO1 as Virginia Tech’s top-rated 5 Star helmet under five pounds.
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THE VICIS ZERO1 YOUTH RECEIVED THE HIGHEST RATING EVER AWARDED TO A YOUTH HELMET IN THE NEW VIRGINIA TECH 5-STAR RATINGS
The VICIS ZERO1 YOUTH received the highest rating ever awarded to a youth helmet in the new Virginia
The Virginia Tech University Helmet Lab released its inaugural VIRGINIA TECH® Youth Helmet Ratings, awarding VICIS' ZERO1 YOUTH helmet the highest available 5 STAR rating. Virginia Tech's STAR methodology rates helmets based on the impact frequency and severity specifically observed in youth play.
The Virginia Tech University Helmet Lab released its inaugural VIRGINIA TECH® Youth Helmet Ratings, awarding VICIS' ZERO1 YOUTH helmet the highest available 5 STAR rating. Virginia Tech's STAR methodology rates helmets based on the impact frequency and severity specifically observed in youth play.
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"THE TRADITIONAL 'SHRINK IT' APPROACH TO YOUTH HELMET DESIGN IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO PROTECT YOUNG ATHLETES. AT VICIS, IT IS OUR MISSIO TO HELP KIDS. THIS TOP RANKING REINFORCES OUR COMMITMENT TO HARVEST THE LATEST INSIGHTS FROM MEDICAL RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY TO GIVE PLAYERS, PARENT, AND COACHES THE BEST PROTECTION POSSIBLE."

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TESTING 101

WHY TEST HELMETS IN THE LABORATORY?

The laboratory is a highly controlled environment to perform experiments and is the international standard for developing safety systems, particularly for automobile safety, which is a very good analog for helmet safety. The most comparable evaluation system to the Virginia Tech STA... MORE

The laboratory is a highly controlled environment to perform experiments and is the international standard for developing safety systems, particularly for automobile safety, which is a very good analog for helmet safety. The most comparable evaluation system to the Virginia Tech STA R evaluation, according to Virginia Tech, is the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), where automobiles are tested in a laboratory using crash test dummies and automobiles are given a star rating based on the likelihood of injury of the occupants. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 208 and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also test automobiles in laboratory environments to evaluate safety. LESS

SHOULD YOU USE ON-FIELD CONCUSSION DATA TO EVALUATE HELMETS?

No. According to Virginia Tech, you can only use on-field concussion data to compare helmets if you know the head impact exposure of all players. Per Virginia Tech, “One can only compare concussion rates in players with different helmets if you know the exposure of each group of players (i.e. how ma... MORE

The NFL, NFLPA, and Virginia Tech all use laboratory testing to evaluate helmets, following in the footsteps of their automotive safety counterparts at the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).  Until and unless detailed exposure data for each player and impact is available, it is both misleading and irresponsible for any helmet maker or their representatives to point solely to on-field results to make helmet safety-related claims. In addition, manufacturers were asked to discontinue comparative concussion-related claims by the Federal Trade Commission in 2014. It is particularly irresponsible when on-field claims are informed by limited or flawed data, which is often the case. Whenever possible, seek information from independent research conducted by the NFL and NFLPA, Virginia Tech, or published in a peer-reviewed literatureengineering or medical journal. LESS

WHAT IF A HELMET MAKER IS SHOWING ME ON-FIELD DATA FROM LAST SEASON?

The NFL, NFLPA, and Virginia Tech all use laboratory testing to evaluate helmets, following in the footsteps of their automotive safety counterparts at the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). ... MORE

No. According to Virginia Tech, you can only use on-field concussion data to compare helmets if you know the head impact exposure of all players.Per Virginia Tech, “One can only compare concussion rates in players with different helmets if y ou know the exposure of each group of players (i.e. how many head impacts and at what severity). For example, if Helmet #1 is worn by starting linebackers in the NFL and they have 5 total concussions in one year, while Helmet #2 is worn by backup quarterbacks who sustain 0 concussions that year, it is incorrect to say Helmet #2 is better than Helmet #1 since the exposure for those groups is very different. In theory, if you knew the real exposure of all the players, then this is possible, but it is very difficult to control for all factors.” Some of the factors that are difficult to control include medical history, genetic predisposition, differences in diagnostic criteria or judgment, selection bias toward a given helmet, and the accuracy of baseline and sideline assessments. Given the above, it is clear why the NFL, NFLPA, and Virginia Tech all use laboratory testing as the gold standard, following in the footsteps of their automotive safety counterparts at the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). LESS

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