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Inventor of helmet safety latch satisfied with early results

CORRECTION Fresno St Football AP

Player safety in football has never been more important, or emphasized. Changes to the rules may help reduce harm to players but every manufacturer of football equipment is working to make sure players wearing their gear are protected as best as possible as well.

Jim Wegener, of Montana, hopes his modification to the football helmet will catch on. Wegener created a special safety latch that prevents a player’s helmet from popping off unless properly unlocked. The idea here being that a helmet will remain on a player at all times when a hard enough collision would normally knock the helmet loose, leaving the player’s head exposed. Wegener watched his modified helmet on TV last week and was pleased with the initial results.

Cody Green, the quarterback for Tulsa, was wearing one of my inventions and not once did his helmet come off,” Wegener told the Los Angeles Times. “The first time he tried to pull it off, he couldn’t. He had to do it the right way. We hope this thing is going to prevent a lot of injuries out there.”

Tulsa is just one of many college football programs using the safety latch. Colorado State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Penn State, Ole Miss and Baylor are just a handful of schools using the helmet safety latch, according to Wegener’s website,

Is the latch a cure-all for avoiding injuries to the head? Of course not, but it is certainly a start.

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8 Responses to “Inventor of helmet safety latch satisfied with early results”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 5, 2013 9:48 PM

    Wegener reminds me of VJ Bella, former Louisiana State rep. who wanted to demonstrate the necessity of his proposed motorcycle helmet law. He brought in a helmet with a cantaloupe under it and pounded it with a baseball bat and no damage. Then he Gallagher-ed the melon, smashing it all over the legislative chamber. Needless to say his helmet law was passed.

    These innovations are important to the game of football and protection to the players. With a $10 million incentive to bring space age anti-shock technology to replace the antiquated cushions in the helmets that will add to the safety of players.

    If LSU was using Wegener’s innovation last game, it would have had two players stay in the game v. TCU, rather than have to go out for one play because their helmet was torn off.

  2. thekatman says: Sep 5, 2013 10:14 PM

    A properly fitted, and snug helmet is also required. Te NCAA refs are supposed to verify every player’s helmet is properly fitted. They don’t do that so it’s easy for a player to wear a helmet that he can pull off with one hand by the face mask.

    A properly fitted helmet takes two hands , grabbing the helmet by the ear cufs or holes and pulling outward.

  3. gog8ters says: Sep 5, 2013 11:16 PM

    Awesome product! Should be on every helmet from Pop Warner to the NFL. There is no reason a helmet should fall off during a football game because of a snap system that was likely invented in the 50’s. I bet we see these on every helmet in the next few years.

  4. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 6, 2013 1:13 AM

    Nice invention.

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen the inside of a football helmet and seeing the inside of one in this video really made me think. Those little white pads and some plastic are the only things protecting the brain of a football player. Their memories, knowledge, instincts and who knows what else. Kind of scary.

  5. mgmac says: Sep 6, 2013 7:16 AM

    thekatman said – Te NCAA refs are supposed to verify every player’s helmet is properly fitted. They don’t do that

    katman, as an NCAA football official we are required to ASK the coaches – do you certify that all your players have the proper & legal equipment?

    We are not required to check each players equipment, especially thir helmets. Your post is full of shit

  6. raiderufan says: Sep 6, 2013 7:44 AM

    When was the last time you were checking the injury report and ANYTHING on there was related to a play in which the player lost his helmet? Anything…at all….ever….

    It’s nice and it serves a solid purpose because players don’t make sure the helmet fits properly. But all it’s doing is keeping an ill fitting helmet on your head at that point and the main issue, concussions, isn’t addressed.

  7. mogogo1 says: Sep 6, 2013 8:08 PM

    A properly sized helmet is darn hard to knock off somebody’s head. I guarantee you that the minute the rule requiring guys to leave the field was announced, coaches everywhere immediately started telling guys to pick a smaller size.

    And great post above from a supposed NCAA official! No arrogance there.

  8. thekatman says: Sep 6, 2013 8:55 PM

    Yeah, agree. The supposed NCAA official’s statement is about as authentic as Paul Dee’s unbiased assessment of the USC case. Pure BS.

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