October 16, 2023
CHESTER SPRINGS, PA — Virginia Tech’s starting offensive linemen, Kaden Moore and Parker Clements, have become the first teammates to sport SAFR Helmet Covers during a game. This safety innovation, developed by Chester County-based company SAFR Sports, has been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of concussion.
The Hokies have been using the helmet covers during team practices this year, and following a win against Pittsburgh on September 30th, Moore and Clements decided to keep the helmet covers on for game play. This decision was made with the approval of Head Coach Brent Pry and Head Athletic Trainer Brett Griesemer.
Griesemer noted the practical safety benefits of the SAFR Helmet Covers, stating that their use provides “greater peace of mind” for players, parents, coaches, and the school.
Football linemen are often exposed to repetitive head blows during games, and the SAFR Helmet Cover aims to mitigate this risk. Moore praised Virginia Tech’s commitment to player safety, expressing pride in playing for a school that prioritizes the well-being of its student-athletes. Clements echoed these sentiments, remarking on the unobtrusiveness of the helmet cover during practice and games.
An independent three-year study conducted at a major Pennsylvania university demonstrated the effectiveness of SAFR Helmet Covers, with results published in various scientific journals, including the Journal of Concussion. Further validation came from Virginia Tech’s own Helmet Lab, which concluded that the addition of a SAFR Helmet Cover to 5-Star helmets significantly reduces concussion risk.
John Zeglinski, CEO of SAFR Sports, commended Moore and Clements for their proactive approach to health protection. He expressed excitement over the company’s NIL agreement with the two student athletes, emphasizing SAFR’s ongoing dedication to improving sports safety through science.