13 REASONS WHY SOFT SHELL HEAD PROTECTION IS A NO-BRAINER

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13 REASONS WHY SOFT SHELL HEAD PROTECTION IS A NO-BRAINER

RockSolid was created by former NFL players, and has designed the first ever soft shell head guard made specifically for high school off-season practice, 7 on 7, and flag football. Filling a significant void in player safety, it is our mission to protect the players, and protect the game.

We are establishing fantastic relationships with high school football programs and flag football leagues across the country. As we meet more people, we are regularly confronted with a few common misconceptions about soft shell head protection. We have taken the time to compile some of these misunderstandings below, along with our responses. Whether you are a high school football coach or administrator questioning the implementation of head protection during off-season practice and 7 on 7, or a flag football coach who’s unfamiliar with RockSolid soft shell head guards, the information below will benefit everyone involved in the game of football. Please take a few minutes to read what we’ve prepared for you.

Common Misconceptions

Wearing a head guard will give my kid(s) a false sense of security, or make them play more aggressively.

This was our number one concern when designing the RockSolid head guard. We focused our efforts on making the RS1 as light as possible (under 3 oz.), while offering comprehensive coverage of the head and face. We also made sure that the head guard doesn’t hinder vision at all. This allows the player to almost forget he or she is wearing a head guard, and helps to avoid the “safety behind the steel cage” effect created by heavy, hard shell helmets.

This is a “no contact league,” so we don’t need head guards.

We believe there is no such thing as “non-contact” football. Incidental contact is inevitable in any dynamic sport, especially a sport like football, in which players cross each other’s path and converge on a single point. For this reason, it is our responsibility to make the game as safe as players, coaches and parents expect it to be.

It’s too late in the season/It can wait until next year.

The chance of injury won’t wait until next season; each time kids take the field without the protection they deserve, unnecessary and avoidable risks are in play. The days of not prioritizing safety are over.

Additionally, several top-notch programs have introduced head guards as late as the playoffs, and even during the week of their championship games. This not only gives kids a taste of the future, but it shows that the program is willing to implement beneficial safety equipment whenever possible. Our head guards are a new, innovative, and cool product, which shows that the team is committed to professionalism, and is on the cutting edge of player safety.

The kids won’t want to wear the head guard.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Once kids see the product, and realize it was created by former NFL players, they are more than excited to get their own. Additionally, mandating our head guard prevents the issue of certain kids feeling left out because they don’t have a head guard.

The head guards don’t look very thick or absorbent.

This feature of our head guard is 100% intentional. We set out to design the lightest, most low-profile soft shell helmet possible. We have achieved a sleek design that offers maximum coverage without being bulky, or creating a false sense of security.

The head guards aren’t secure because they don’t have a chinstrap.

Our head guards were specifically designed to avoid need of a chin strap. We have 6 sizes, all implementing TruFit technology, which creates a “suction cup” effect. With proper sizing, the head guard fits very snug, and will absolutely not fall off during play.

RockSolid only has one color, so it won’t work for our team.

We currently only offer the RockSolid head guard in matte black, which we have found to be the most popular color among players and coaches. While our number one goal is safety, we will soon be offering 5 additional colors. However, our matte black head guard is very versatile, and can be custom designed with decals for any team.

I’m worried the kids will overheat wearing the head guard.

The head guard is designed to avoid overheating, with strategically placed vents along both sides of the Mohawk design, as well as on the ears, engineered to provide maximum airflow.

I’m concerned about germs.

The outside layer of our head guard is made with an antimicrobial fabric that prevents bacteria growth. The head guard is also easily washable; just dunk it in warm, soapy water, rinse it, and let it air-dry.

This is “non-contact” flag football, we don’t need safety equipment.

There is no such thing as “non-contact” football. “Non-contact” is misleading. What it really means is no tackling. However, contact in football of any kind is inevitable, and kids should be protected accordingly. While flag football is a safe alternative to tackle football, that doesn’t mean injuries won’t occur. There is incidental contact all the time in flag football, and we are here to help minimize the severity of these injuries.

We wear regular hard shell helmets, which are safer.

Hard shell helmets, worn alone, without any other padding, create a serious injury hazard. Soft shell helmets are much safer in this scenario. The weight of the hard-shell helmets adds unnecessary stress to kids’ necks, and impact between the hard shell helmet and soft tissue can be very painful. We focused our efforts on making the RockSolid head guard light weight and highly absorbent, while also providing comprehensive coverage without obstructing vision.

We aren’t going to use these until they are required.

Parents will appreciate you taking the initiative to create a safer environment for their kids. Again and again, we have seen leagues increase participation because parents want their kids to play in the environment that takes a proactive approach to player safety.

We haven’t had a head injury in years, so why bother?

This is a fallacy. Just because you haven’t seen an injury in a long time doesn’t mean that you won’t see one tomorrow. It is much better to take a proactive and preventive approach to these matters. Waiting until someone gets injured means you’re too late. We don’t want anyone to take unnecessary risks. Help us protect these kids.

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