The Big 12 Conference and VICIS announced a partnership to further educate football players on the latest safety advancements in sports equipment while providing access to top-ranked football helmets for all Big 12 teams. The conference-wide partnership with VICIS ensures ZERO1 helmets are available to players on each team.
The most technologically advanced helmet available, the ZERO1 is designed to reduce impact forces with a highly engineered structure that differs from traditional football helmets. The ZERO1 has a deformable outer shell and a unique columnar layer designed to slow impact forces like a car bumper.
In the 2018 Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings, which rate helmets based on the impact frequency and severity observed in high school and collegiate play, the ZERO1 rated No. 1 and was awarded the highest available 5-star rating.
The ZERO1 also ranked first in the NFL/NFLPA’s 2018 Helmet Laboratory Testing Performance, earning the top spot for the second year in a row. This year’s testing led the NFL to ban 10 different helmet models during the upcoming season due to poor performance, a decision that played a role in the Big 12’s move to partner with VICIS and equip more of its athletes in the ZERO1.
“The Big 12 Conference has been at the forefront of addressing matters related to player safety at the collegiate level,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “We led the charge to mandate the unchallengeable authority of medical practitioners and the implementation of limits on in-season full-contact practices. The partnership with VICIS is a natural extension of the commitment of our member institutions to player safety.”
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In addition to making the ZERO1 available to student-athletes conference-wide, the partnership aims to promote greater player safety by encouraging player and staff meetings to educate student-athletes on protective equipment and other safety-related considerations.
“Our team is thrilled to partner with Commissioner Bowlsby and the Big 12 Conference to promote player safety and education,” said Dave Marver, VICIS CEO and co-founder. “We applaud the Big 12 on the leadership it has shown to protect and educate its student-athletes.”