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Default NFL players experimenting with military grade EXO Skeleton CRT pads in their helmets,

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Vito has been taking a lot of orders lately. He’s the charismatic CEO of Unequal Technologies, a Philadelphia company that manufactures military-grade Kevlar padding for sports equipment. Since 2010, Vito has been touting Kevlar as the best shock-suppression material in the world and boasting that his patented “EXO Skeleton CRT” — CRT for “concussion reduction technology” — absorbs as much as a quarter of the force a player takes to the head or chest, significantly reducing the risk of injury.“If Kevlar can stop a bullet, it can damn sure stop a blitz,” Vito told Wired.

Over the past year, his pitch has convinced more than 20 NFL and NHL teams to use his pads in their equipment. Two dozen professional players are using EXO Skeleton CRT pads in their helmets, and more than 100 are wearing it in shoulder pads, elbow pads and other gear.

As the NHL and NFL grapple with an epidemic of concussions, Kevlar-reinforced helmets are increasingly viewed as a magic bullet. The technology is proving particularly attractive to players who have sustained head trauma and desperately want to keep playing. And later this summer, Vito plans to take his product mainstream, unveiling a multi-million dollar advertising campaign aimed at the hundreds of thousands of youth league players around the U.S. But in the rush to make their players unbreakable, pro teams aren’t asking many questions of Vito beyond how quickly he can do the job.

Neurologists intimately familiar with sports-related concussions warn that there is no scientific evidence that Kevlar can reduce the risk of head trauma. Worse, they fear the pads could make the problem worse by masking symptoms. The leagues have yet to independently test the effects of Kevlar, and neurologists – including one who has treated many concussed NFL and NHL players — expressed surprise when told it was being installed in helmets.“We need to look at this scientifically and come up with some process of examination on whether this works,” says Dr. Michael Collins, director of the UPMC Sports Medicine program. “At this point in time, to my knowledge, I don’t know of a fully controlled study that shows the effectiveness of [Kevlar] in mitigating the instance or severity of concussions.”
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