Valerdi Suggests Caution, Education When Selecting Football Helmets

A screenshot of Roberto Valerdi discussing defective football helmets with KVOANearly 6,000 football helmets have been recalled by a major retailer, just as local teams prepare to take the field.

As associate professor Ricardo Valerdi explains in a video interview with KVOA, the helmets have a defective coating that makes them brittle and liable to crack upon impact. The faulty equipment puts athletes at greater risk for concussion.

Valerdi, the founder and chief scientist of Science of Sport, co-developed a mobile app called BrainGainz that teaches football players about the symptoms and dangers of concussion.

University of Arizona College of Engineering