There Has Been a Great Deal of Publicity and Discussion About Concussions and Head Injuries in the Media and in Locker Rooms.
A gel cap is a relatively new tech designed to be worn under a helmet, cap, or on its own. Caps have been tested and are proven to reduce impact to the head during a collision.
We are beginning to see new technology being used in helmet designs. Now a number of manufacturers are offering various designs of gel caps claiming a high degree of effectiveness for their products.
How Do Protective Gel Caps Work? Different Product Designs Vary in How they Provide Extra Protection.
Noggin’s gel caps are made with gel pads laid out strategically in triangular formations to best cover most of the surface area. They state the whole of the cap is not covered so that breathability and comfort are not compromised.
Gel Defender designs their caps using Impact Gel. This gel hardens when a sudden impact occurs and disperses the effect of the force. They also claim their caps can help keep the head cooler for up to an hour.
Have Gel Caps Been Properly Tested?
Yes. Manufacturers are quick to point out their products have been extensively and independently tested with positive results. Noggin gel caps were extensively tested at Intertek Labs in New York. Their results repeatedly showed that the Noggin greatly reduces the amount of impact to the skull.
GelDefender skull caps reduced g-forces impacting the head forms by 12%-74%, depending on helmet type and impact location.
2nd Skull provides positive evidence of extensive linear, projectile and rotational testing. This testing was conducted at independent third party laboratories. These labs adhere to NOCSAE and ASTM standards for new helmets. Helmet testing comparison featured standard unprotected head forms and head forms with 2nd Skull caps.
Tests measured variances in Severity Index, Angular Acceleration and Peak improvement. For non-helmet activities, standard head forms were tested against head forms with 2nd Skull headbands to measure variances in force improvement.
Will Wearing a Gel Cap Prevent Concussion? No!
No protective skull cap, helmet or soft shell headgear can prevent concussion. Scientists have no conclusive evidence about whether or how the reduction of g-forces during impacts reduces concussions and head injuries.
Participants in activities in which head impacts can occur should always use tested and approved helmets for protection.
However, no helmet or extra padding can protect the user from all serious head or neck injuries that can result from impacts.
To scientific knowledge today, nothing is proven to stop or prevent a concussion. Gel caps will only reduce impact to the head which may cause a traumatic brain injury.
How Do I Wear A Protective Gel Cap?
Gel caps are designed to be worn under a helmet to supplement the reduction of trauma to the head during contact. They can also be worn under a baseball cap or any other hat, or just on their own. You can wear them and still “look cool.” They are lightweight and they fit invisibly inside a cap or helmet.
Extra Peace of Mind: Parents can be more confident that when their child’s head does incur an impact that a gel cap is providing them with extra protection.
In any sport, there’s a sense of invincibility. Athletes often don’t consider themselves vulnerable to head injury until they are faced with one themselves.
Kids (and parents) can often think ‘Yeah, that’s scary, but the odds of that happening to me are slim.’ Until it happens to you.
Unfortunately, there’s some vanity in sports. People can be hesitant to wear something that is different. The design and discrete manner in which gel caps can be worn offers extra peace of mind knowing that there is one more layer of protection.