Drew Brees’ Football ‘N’ America flag football league is growing. The organization also acknowledged that safety from head injuries could arise even in flag football. Drew Brees and LIGHT Helmets have teamed up to help protect athletes at all levels and educate parents, coaches and players on the urgent need for head protection in flag football.
SAFETY OF IMPACTS ON THE HEADS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
Many may view flag football as a non-contact sport and would not correlate head impacts with young athletes in the sport. The reverse is valid for its players. A CDC study showed in training and matches that “flag football athletes suffered a median of 8 head hits per athlete during the season. Compared to youth football, an average of 378 head impacts can occur per athlete.
Safety was a major concern for Drew Brees during his 20 seasons in the NFL with an elite quarterback. LIGHT Helmets has partnered with Brees’ to address the increase in head trauma Football ‘N’ America has noticed in its first year in business. Drew Brees has partnered to help protect athletes at all levels and educate parents, coaches and players on the urgent need for head protection in flag football.
ESAYIAN ON LIGHT HELMETS, FOOTBALL FLAG
LIGHT Helmets CEO and Founder Nicholas Esayian told me: [Brees] knows that flag football is growing, and no one intends to have contact while playing flag football. This is one of the reasons you play flag football. But we all know that, whether it’s basketball, soccer, football, you always have some pretty serious impacts. And, your kids are watching the ball and they crash or injure themselves from their head to the ground or from their head to their knees. The purpose of all of these sports is first to make sure that children participate, but that they participate safely. Then you want them to learn life lessons. You want them to have fun, but the first thing is safety. “
LIGHT Helmets products have received the highest ratings (five stars) for football helmets manufactured by Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech’s impact tests assess “the ability of a helmet to reduce linear and rotational acceleration of the head resulting from impacts a flag football player might experience on the field.” The headgear receiving more stars is equivalent to reducing the risk of concussion compared to other headgear with less stars. The LIGHT Helmet SS1 received a perfect 5 star rating.
DREW BREES & ESAYIAN ON THE FNA-LIGHT HELMETS PARTNERSHIP
Drew Brees, Founder of the FNA, explained, “Flag football is where I started, ‘N’ America (FNA) football is my passion, and identifying the best equipment available for athletes was important to me. The LIGHT SS1 had the best impact and coverage results ever recorded by Virginia Tech’s independent helmet testing lab. My goal is to make sure the kids learn the game (s), have fun and use the best equipment available. LIGHT provides this equipment, and we are proud to partner with them. “
The Football ‘N’ America League will grow from its 24 venues across the country to 48 planned venues.
So most of the kids in the flight still playing and no one is wearing helmets, and we started looking in that space [flag football], and you know we started in the hard-shell football business, ”Esayian said. During our discussion, Esayian shared other aspects of what sets LIGHT helmets apart from their competition, the cost and weight of the helmets.
“This helmet is made from all the materials used in the military, the military helmet. So instead of plastic and steel masks, we use what people know to be Kevlar. this is called tri-weave. This is composite. This is where football helmets weigh about half the weight of a traditional football helmet. Which means there is less energy in the helmet. “impact when your head starts to roll over. It’s just a better product,” noted Esayian.
ADVANTAGES OF THE LIGHT HELMET IN FLAG FOOTBALL
Esayian gave me a factor that the average parent can relate to for their children; the cost is reasonable. Most competitive soft helmets cost up to $ 120.00, the lightweight flag football helmet costs “just under $ 100.00”.
Esayian pointed out, “for the level of protection it offers, and it doesn’t add weight and the beauty is it’s a softer lather … if our hands hit, at a minimum you’re going to have a big bruise or black eye, or cut and needs a few stitches. But this thing absorbs force. It’s the same material that is in a racing helmet or a tackle football helmet. So, it protects the user, but it also protects others who are on the spot. ”
“Drew Brees and Football ‘N’ America were the perfect partners because they understood the safety benefits of advanced materials and the lighter weight of helmets and headgear.”
The LIGHT SS1 for Flag Football features a drawstring mesh bag, a colorful decal kit to match most team colors and is available in a wide range of sizes from very young players to adult athletes.
Esayian envisions that other sports and life apps could be great channels for lightweight headsets in our conversation.
“When you’re in a group, or when you’re on a soccer or hockey team or whatever, you work with these kids. They are all different. Their parents are different. Their family structures, different colors, their skin is different, their sexual identities different, everything is different. But, when it’s eight and third, and you walk over to the line, and there’s only a second before the ball kicks in. Everyone is on a team. And the other thing is that you have to respect the game and the competition. “
Nicholas Esayian, CEO and Founder, Light Helmets
For Esayian, the goal of Light Helmets is to be the main product in Flags, Pop Warner, High School, College or Professional Football, in the hope of making the game and life safer for all involved.
LIGHT Helmets (Safer Sports), Carlsbad, CA is a manufacturer of football helmets and flag football and football headgear that have received the highest rating of “Five Stars” by Virginia Tech. Together with its advisory board of renowned physicians, LIGHT has developed its revolutionary products using advanced materials from the battlefield, military aviation and motor racing. LIGHT’s family of LS football helmets all weigh 3 pounds or less and are designed to play at all levels of football. For more information, visit lighthelmets.com.
Football ‘N’ America
Football ‘N’ America (FNA) is a co-ed, non-contact flag football league for children in Kindergarten to Grade 10. Co-founded by Drew Brees, the FNA focuses on contactless flag football and continues to grow across the United States. Visit Playfna.com for more information on the league. The organization’s headquarters are located in Encinitas, California.
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