Guardian Caps in the Media

NFL Permits Guardian Caps In Games

In recent years, the discussion around player safety in football has reached a fever pitch, with a spotlight on innovations aimed at better protecting athletes. With the NFL’s growing emphasis on player health and safety, there has been speculation about Guardian Caps during gameplay. The NFL recently announced it will permit players to wear Guardian Caps in games.

Read the media coverage surrounding Guardian Caps and the NFL’s groundbreaking decision to integrate this innovative technology into regular season games. From press releases to expert opinions, we’ll explore the latest step in the future of football safety.

Recent Media Coverage

Coaches from local high school football programs visited the Ochsner Sports Performance Center on Thursday, June 13, 2024 where Mickey Loomis, Dennis Allen, Erik McCoy, Cam Jordan, Tyrann Mathieu, D’Marco Jackson, Nephi Sewell and Saints staff donated Guardian Caps to local high school football programs.

In a statement provided Friday to ESPN, Miller said: “We now have two years of data showing significant concussion reductions among players who wear Guardian Caps during practice, so players will be permitted to wear the cap during games this upcoming season. Additionally, there are new helmets this year that provide as much — if not more — protection than a different helmet model paired with a Guardian Cap. These developments represent substantial progress in our efforts to make the game safer for players.”

“It’s really become a norm here. The players know the Caps. They’ve seen the data, it works. The Guardian Caps have become another piece of equipment that they take to practice. You think about all the head impacts that we’re reducing from players wearing them, and it’s second nature now,” added Brendan Burger, equipment director of the Los Angeles Rams.

NFL players will be allowed to wear the protective Guardian Cap over their helmet in games this season if they want to, league officials said during a recent webinar. NFL chief administrative officer Dawn Aponte said during the panel that players will have the “option” to wear the padded helmet cover “if he so chooses.”

Every football player in the Park school district, from sixth grade on up, wears a Guardian Cap during every practice and game. The high school team first used them last season during practice, and prior to this season the National Federation of State High School Associations made them legal for games. At Park, Fryklund and activities director Phil Kuemmel took the next logical step in pursuit of safety.

He also said his Cloverdale program is bringing in new safety gear for the kids this year. “Now that the NFL and CFL have approved the use of helmet Guardian Caps for additional protection from head injuries, we have decided to include Guardian Caps for all our player helmets as well.” He said the caps will be worn for both practices and games.

Funds raised will also go toward upgrading FCHS equipment. Most notably, Bryd said the program plans to buy Guardian Caps for its players. The soft-shell helmet covers will be worn during practice in hopes of better protecting kids from head injuries.

The equipment is used by players all the way down to the youth level and is even used in other contact sports like ice hockey. It is meant to “reduce the impact of daily blows” and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it has produced a “50 percent reduction in concussions” for those who wore it in training camp.

“Incremental improvement each year, we’ll see,” said Aponte, who also shared that players and teams had been, “very receptive to the change.” More could soon be coming down the pike as the league continues to collect safety data on the Caps as they’re worn in live-action game environments.

It’s not yet known whether any NFL players will take the league up on the offer to wear the modified headgear during any preseason or regular season games.  Last fall, the Park Cottage Grove high school football team became the first in Minnesota, and perhaps first in the country, to wear the Guardian Cap during a real game.

According to the NFL, a player wearing a Guardian Cap could have the impact of a helmet hit reduced by at least 10 percent. Players both wearing the shell who collide on a helmet-to-helmet hit had the force of impact reduced by at least 20 percent.

“So we might actually see a Guardian Cap on a player in a game this year,” NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills said in response. “That’s possible. Great. Big change coming up.”

No players will be required to wear the caps during games, but they now have the option to do so, according to the Associated Press. Botts said he is mandating that the students have to wear the caps for practice next season. “We have to make sure the kids are kept safe,” said Botts. “I wouldn’t be surprised if all levels mandate them sooner rather than later.”

“With that on the table, it’s a very real possibility that Monday Night Football could feature an entire offensive line unit, defensive line, linebackers, and tight ends (and even more positions) outfitted with Guardian Caps in the near future…It’s a shift toward a safety-first mindset that they league has been chirping about for decades.”

“The padding reduces the impact by up to a third. You’re slowing those G-forces down. People ask why don’t they put more padding inside a helmet. Think about a goal post. Do you want the inside padded or the outside padded? The padding is on the outside where it can slow the impact before it gets to the helmet below it. I want that energy to go around the helmet instead of going through the helmet.”

“Did you know NFL players can wear Guardian Caps during games in 2024? On today’s Cleveland Browns Podcast, we’re joined by the founder and president of Guardian Sports, Lee Hanson, and his son, Jake, the COO to discuss the protective head gear. Is it only a matter of time before the Guardian Caps become a standard piece of the NFL uniform?”

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Caps in the media have been prevalent from training camps to practice photos. The Guardian Cap is the leading soft shell helmet cover engineered for impact reduction. It brings a padded, soft-shell layer to the outside of the decades old hard-shell football helmet and reduces impact up to 33%. Physics say that an outer “soft” material of the proper density, stiffness and energy absorbing properties reduces the initial severity of the impact. The hard shell then has lower forces transmitted to it, and in turn conveys lower forces to the interior soft helmet padding and then lower forces to the head.