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Jets to Participate in Helmet Replacement Pilot Program

By Alan Schechter

Aug 21, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A helmet of the New York Jets wet from the rain in a preseason game at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Farrell/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE

The Jets are going to be part of a program with the NFL that is going to work with youth football leagues in underserved areas.

The program, in which the Jets are working with the NFL and other groups, will replace helmets that are 10 years old or older, and replace them with new helmets at no cost to the league they are helping.

The groups involved in the program are the NFL Players Association, USA Football, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA), NCAA, National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), Rawlings, Riddell, Schutt, and Xenith. It is supported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The program is a pilot program being rolled out to 4 areas, the NY tri-state, the California Bay, the Gulf Coast, and Northern Ohio.

The program includes a strong educational campaign that features important safety information from the CDC and USA Football, including materials on concussion awareness, proper helmet fit, and teaching fundamentally-sound football through USA Football’s innovative Tackle Progression Model and Levels of Contact module. In addition, leagues that receive helmets through this program will be required to have their coaches complete USA Football’s Certified Coaching Education Program.

Great job out of the Jets to be involved in something like this. It’s a need, as we all know safety is becoming an issue. To role it out to the young people is invaluable.