AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — The UMass football team is tackling a common sport injury with a new piece of equipment called the Guardian Cap.
It’s meant to protect the players from concussions using the soft-shell cover that wraps around the helmet and dissipates any contact.
Some say it’s more than just a helmet. It’s their guardian angel.
Football player Randall Jette explained the difference when wearing one. “When you go into someone’s shoulder pad with your head, you don’t feel the impact as much as you would,” he said.
After going through an accidental helmet-to-helmet hit and having a headache afterwards, Jette wears one now to practice.
It lessens blows from any hit, even though it may look different wrapped around the helmet.
“The impact is not as close to how bad it usually is,” Jette explains.
Minutemen head football trainer Jennifer Brodeur explained why this is so important for their brain safety.
“It’s going to help these guys make it through high school, college and into the pros. It’s going to help lengthen their careers and keep them safe,” Brodeur adds.
Since repeated blows can cause concussion ranging from mild to traumatic, this is everyone’s goal: to keep the football players as protected as possible.