In the name of health and safety, NFL players may be refreshed in 2020.
Oakley Mouth Shield-a product designed by Oakley in collaboration with doctors and engineers of the NFL and NFL Players Association to mitigate the spread of coronavirus on the field-it is expected to be distributed to all 32 teams in the next week, it will Received a larger test drive than ever.
Security agreements are being negotiated between the league and the players. Currently, there are no orders to wear masks, but NFL medical experts advocate the use of protective equipment.
NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills said: “This is of course what we want to encourage.” And we hope that we will work on product designs that everyone wants to wear because they will see value, And hope to get extra protection without compromising performance. “
The new design uses the Oakley Prizm lens technology used by skiers, military personnel and recent NFL players to enhance the color and contrast of the visor. The plastic sheet extends downward and is attached to the face shield. Dr. Jeff Crandall, chairman of the NFL Engineering Committee, said that there are airways and openings in the mask, but no air holes and openings can directly spread droplets.
According to Dr. Thom Mayer, medical director of NFLPA, the masks have been distributed to the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Lightning (two teams close to Oakley headquarters) and have been sent to various player representatives and equipment managers for feedback.
Meyer said that by far, the two biggest problems are visibility and breathability.
He said: “We have only used it in a few players-we have 2,500 players in the league-but to my surprise, claustrophobia is not a problem.” “I think it will be us [have more players testing them]”.
Houston Texans defensive star winger JJ Watt is firmly opposed to the idea of wearing a mask.
Watt told ProFootballTalk: “I thought it was cool the second year after I entered the league. I put a sun visor on my helmet.” “I was thinking,’It looks so cool, I want to wear a sun visor.’ I went About three exercises, and then said: “Take this sucker away-I’m going to die here. “…So now you want to put something on my mouth? You can keep it. If this works, I don’t think you will see me on the court.”
However, the current design is the result of an iterative process, which is mainly based on player feedback while taking into account comfort, functionality, and protection. Meyer said that the quarterbacks who recently tested them were able to effectively make a sound, and the initial response was that the sound was too low. People have also widely considered vision.
Crandall said that Oakley had conducted an internal test, in which it ejected some fluid particles to represent the water droplets ejected by the player, and saw the extremely high speed of success.
Crandall said: “I don’t know if someone proposes a direct ratio because the laboratory is not a live environment.” “Players have done a lot of things in areas that they are not easy to replicate [in] In the laboratory, this is an important factor hindering the propagation of droplets. There is no direct path through the mask or sun visor to deliver droplets. “
NFL partner Renie Anderson chief revenue officer and executive vice president said that although Oakley is the official supplier of the National Football League (NFL), there are other mask manufacturers and players Other brands may be used in 2020.
Meyer called football “may be the ideal environment or Petri dish for spreading the virus” because it is a contact sport involving a large number of players. NFL and NFLPA hope that the different safety measures they take (including the introduction of masks) will bring a safer environment.
Hills said: “Like everything we do, whether we are talking about better studs or better performance helmets, it’s all about safety, protection, and in many cases improving performance.” “This is the mantra and the same method we follow here. I am very satisfied with the progress of the work. We have no final product. Like most health and safety matters, there is no finish line here. Therefore, we hope to continue Moving forward, constantly innovating and improving. However, we are excited about where we are, and we are excited about the potential role this technology may play in mitigating risks.”