Football is back!
(American football, that is. What most of the world calls football — what Americans call soccer — never really leaves, so it never has to come back.)
Two American entrepreneurs have come up with a plastic-based safety improvement for American football helmets. As a Cleveland Browns fan, reading and writing about this development will take my mind off the fact that my team is expected to do well this year for the first time in many years.
(The Browns haven't made the playoffs since 2002 and haven't won a playoff game since 1994. This year, with several good players on the roster, expectations are high. Previously, expectations for the Browns were nonexistent.)
(It's a lot to handle, even parenthetically. So let's look at that safety improvement.)
A recent news release from Ohio's Cedarville University — where one of the partners, Rich Williams, graduated in 2011 — said: "Big hits are a facet of football, but two dreamers tinkering in a garage are on the verge of making a game-changing impact on one of America's favorite sports."
Williams and Justin Summerville have devised a plastic-filled clip that attaches securely to the helmet, while allowing a slight amount of give on impact. Inside the clip is a small cube of Sorbothane-brand polyurethane made by Sorbothane Inc. of Kent, Ohio. According to the news release, the material absorbs the G-forces from helmet collisions and allows the facemask to reset to its normal position.