INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Friday, the group National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) will vote on new rules for football helmets as concerns over concussions continue to grow.
NOCSAE sets safety standards for sports equipment.
They say football helmets used today are designed to protect the brain from direct blows when the player’s head moves back and forth, but not necessarily when the player’s head spins, causing the brain to stretch and twist.
On Friday, NOCSAE, will vote on whether new helmets must have that kind of protection.
Right now, NOCSAE says there are no helmet standards specific to youth; currently they’re covered under adult standards.
Research is now being done to develop a standard specific to youth.
In May, the director of NOCSAE told I-Team 8 that youth football concussions aren’t tracked because they’re often undiagnosed and the injury risk criteria for youth players isn’t clear.
Since new rules won’t apply to youth helmets, experts say parents need check helmets if their kids play football.
- Ask the school the helmet’s make and model and research it.
- Check helmets for cracks.
- Find out when it was last checked by an expert.
NOCSAE says most helmets are certified every few years and shouldn’t be more than 10 years old. Helmets should have a sticker inside showing when they were last certified.