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Patrick Mahomes is one of the many players who uses the Vicis brand, which has shown better development against impacts
One of the images that will mark the start of the NFL playoffs heading to the 2024 Super Bowl, It’s the one with the broken helmet of Patrick Mahomesin the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins.
The Chiefs star had to change his helmet once officials realized the consequences of the impact with DeShon Elliott. “I haven’t seen this before,” said Ciro Procuna during the broadcast of the game for ESPN Mexico. “I don’t think it’s a good image for the company that made that helmet.”indicated Enrique Garay in your X account.
What happened to Patrick Mahomes and his helmet?
Once the game ended, Patrick Mahomes was questioned about the helmet incident. “I’m sure it had to do with it being very cold.”indicated the quarterback and his theory is valid, since we must remember that this game was played with temperatures below zero and Cold makes deformable solid materials brittle.
Mahomes approached the bench to change his helmet and indicated that he had trouble adjusting to the second helmet, which was frozen, so He struggled to put it on for a few minutes.
“We’ll talk about where we stored the backup (spare helmet) because it was frozen. So when I tried to put it on, it was completely frozen. I couldn’t put it on. We were able to adjust it on the band, warm it up a little and it started working”explained the quarterback.
What brand of helmet does Mahomes wear?
Patrick Mahomes is one of the many players who has chosen to use the Vicis brand, which has conducted several studies to create the safest helmets, especially for quarterbacks, to reduce the risk of concussions. Another player who uses this brand is Tua Tagovailoa, who missed several games in the 2022 season with concussions.
The brand was created in 2010 by Per Reinhall, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Washington, who was attracted by the thunderous sound caused by the helmet-to-helmet collisions of those years, which is why developed helmets with a softer and safer shell.
NFL and NFLPA conducted laboratory tests in 2023 and the result left Vicis as the helmet with the best performance and resistance against impacts.
So why did Mahomes’ helmet break?
According to The Athletic, the brand These helmets, with a softer shell, are intended to absorb shocks in exchange for deformation.
These helmets act in a way similar to cars that tend to remain accordion-like in the event of an impact, especially in the front part, which absorbs the impact for the benefit of the rest of the car and its crew. The helmets are also They deform upon impact and thus prevent the player’s head from being shaken violently.
Previous helmets were more rigid. They didn’t deform as easily, but the players’ heads were prone to violent shaking, so current technology is fine… but From that to the most technological helmet breaking, it is not a good sign.
This leads to a theory, and that is that no matter how many studies have been carried out in 2023 with the Vicis brand, apparently no tests were carried out with the helmets in sub-zero temperaturesso instead of the helmet deforming and absorbing the impact, it simply broke.
Historically, several NFL playoff games have been played in winter, under snowfall and below-freezing temperatures, so The Mahomes case would have to be analyzed to prevent injuries, situations that put at risk not only NFL players, since These helmets are also often used at the collegiate and training level.
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