Iowa football is making a change for player safety. In 2018, the Hawkeyes will wear custom-made helmets designed to better absorb impact and prevent head injuries.
KWWL reported Iowa was making the shift, and the station noted the Hawkeyes will be the first football team in the United States to wear the helmets.
“Our hope is the way this is made it will soften the blow and take some of the blows away, if we again can better protect somebody’s brain, why not?” Iowa equipment manager Greg Morris told KWWL.
The helmets, made by Riddell, reportedly have eight pieces of padding that can be customized for each player. Morris noted that more than 80 players on the Hawkeyes’ roster will have the custom-made helmets ready for them by the fall.
Fifteen Iowa players have worn the helmets over the past two seasons. None of those 15 players have suffered concussions, Morris said.
The helmets will cost more than $1,000 each, according to the report.
“If we can start to eliminate that opportunity for a concussion we are doing our job, we are being proactive versus reactive,” Morris said. “If we get something custom made to fit your head, we’ve got a better chance of keeping you healthy.”