Riddell Football Helmets To Include Concussion Awareness HangtagMay 29, 2012 No Comments
Riddell Sports and USA Football announced a renewed commitment to educating athletes and parents about concussion awareness. Starting May 24, 2012, every new Riddell football helmet shipped to retailers and customers will include a hangtag offering concussion education that includes information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Heads Up program.
“We have a longstanding commitment to player protection and continue to look for new ways to educate athletes and parents. Riddell has raised concussion awareness through on-helmet labels and informational hangtags for over a decade,” said Dan Arment, President of Riddell. “The new hangtag contains valuable information from the CDC and is the latest example of how Riddell will address concussion awareness with athletes and parents.”
Approximately 3 million American children age 6-14 play organized tackle football, placing it among the country’s most popular youth sports. Since May 2009, 35 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to strengthen concussion education across youth and high school sports.
Riddell’s new hangtag will be attached to each helmet through an ear hole. The tag is titled “Raise Your Concussion Awareness” and lists concussion signs and symptoms, including CDC guidelines on what to do if a concussion is suspected.
“Riddell shares USA Football’s commitment to player safety and concussion awareness,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “Every parent who has a child playing youth football should ask their league two questions: ‘How are your coaches trained to teach my child?’ and ‘Are your coaches educated on the symptoms and management of concussion?’ Helmet hangtags will make certain that Riddell customers have a baseline of knowledge in this area and are directed on where they can learn more online.”
Riddell is the official football helmet and protective equipment partner of USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States. USA Football has partnered with the CDC to advance concussion education since 2007, particularly in high school and youth football.
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