First Hockey Helmet in Industry Specifically Designed to Manage
Rotational Forces Aims to Deliver Better Protection Against Multiple
Types of Hockey Hits
OTTAWA, Jan. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Bauer Hockey, Inc., the world's leading
manufacturer of ice hockey equipment, today officially unveiled the
BAUER RE-AKT helmet, the first hockey helmet designed to specifically
manage the multiple type of hits in the game, including
rotational-force impacts, which have been scientifically proven to
cause significant head injuries.
The BAUER RE-AKT helmet features the SUSPEND-TECH liner, a unique
patent-pending rotational impact protection system to protect the head
from excessive rotational acceleration when the helmet is impacted.
The SUSPEND-TECH liner is constructed of PORON® XRD™ Extreme Impact
Protection, a super-light pliable material with the ability to
dissipate extreme force on impact. The free-floating stretchable liner
moves independently from the rest of the helmet, thereby better
managing rotational forces.
Although the majority of today's hockey helmets - as well as the safety
standards that measure them - are designed to address linear impacts,
there is significant evidence that points to rotational force as a key
contributor to head injuries. Dr. Mark Lovell, the retired founding
director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Sports
Medicine Concussion Program and internationally recognized concussion
expert who co-founded the ImPACT cognitive test used by all National
Hockey League teams, believes more needs to be done to address
"We've learned a tremendous amount over the past five years about
biomechanics of injury and how head injuries occur and one of the
things that have really stood out is the importance of the rotation of
the head," Lovell said. "Hockey is a game of constant motion and seldom
are impacts given or received in a static state. Most impacts occur
when a player is in motion, either trying to make a hit, or avoid one.
There are several scientific studies that have shown a significant
correlation between rotational force impacts and head injuries, and it
is important to look at solutions to help protect players from these
More than two years in development, the BAUER RE-AKT helmet also
features PORON® XRD™ pads placed strategically in areas of the helmet
where players need it most. In addition to the SUSPEND-TECH liner and
the use of PORON® XRD™ technology, which is exclusive to BAUER in
hockey, the BAUER RE-AKT helmet features BAUER's proprietary Vertex
foam, a light-weight multi-impact foam with increased impact management
properties compared to traditional EPP foams found in other hockey
helmets. Unlike other helmets in the market designed to manage only
high-energy impacts, the BAUER RE-AKT helmet is designed to manage the
multiple types of hits in hockey - including low-energy impacts,
high-energy impacts and rotational impacts.
"A hockey helmet needs to protect players from the different types of
hits that happen throughout the course of a game and as the leader in
the industry with more than 84-years of experience in developing hockey
equipment, it is our responsibility to elevate the protection of
today's hockey helmet," said Kevin Davis, Chief Executive Officer and
President, Bauer Performance Sports. "Throughout the development
process our team utilized the latest research in the field of medicine
and biomechanics and we believe the BAUER RE-AKT helmet offers a level
of protection unlike any other hockey helmet in the industry."
Nearly 44% of all NHL players currently wear BAUER helmets, including
Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, who was one of the first
players to wear the BAUER RE-AKT helmet leading up to this weekend's
All-Star Game. Giroux expects several players to quickly switch into
the newest offering by BAUER.
"The helmet is very comfortable, fits well and by looking inside of it,
you can tell there's technology in the RE-AKT helmet that isn't in
other helmets," said Giroux, who was sidelined with a concussion
earlier in the year and missed four games. "Head injuries are a serious
aspect of our sport right now and as a player, you want to be protected
as much as possible. No helmet is going to completely prevent
concussions, but helmets like this one are providing an added level of
protection which is important in today's game."
In addition to Giroux, other athletes are expected to debut the helmet
during Sunday's All-Star Game including current goal-scoring leader
Steven Stamkos. Additional players throughout the NHL will begin
wearing the BAUER RE-AKT helmet following the All-Star weekend.
The helmet will be available for purchase at retail locations worldwide
in May. For more information, visit www.bauer.com
ABOUT BAUER HOCKEY
Bauer Hockey is the world's most recognized designer, marketer and
manufacturer of hockey equipment. Founded in Kitchener, Ontario in
1927, Bauer developed the first skate with a blade attached to a boot,
forever changing the game of hockey. Since then, Bauer has continued to
develop the most sought after products in the industry, including the
widely successful Supreme ® and Vapor ® lines of products. Bauer
Hockey, Maverik Lacrosse and Mission Roller Hockey are brands under
Bauer Performance Sports, a publicly traded company on the Toronto
Stock Exchange (BAU).
ABOUT BAUER PERFORMANCE SPORTS LTD.
Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. (TSX: BAU) is a leading developer and
manufacturer of ice hockey, roller hockey, and lacrosse equipment as
well as related apparel. The company has the most recognized and
strongest brand in the ice hockey equipment industry, and holds the top
market share position in both ice and roller hockey. Its products are
marketed under the Bauer Hockey, Mission Roller Hockey and Maverik
Lacrosse brand names and are distributed by sales representatives and
independent distributors throughout the world. Bauer Performance Sports
is focused on building its leadership position and growing market share
in all product categories through continued innovation at every level.
For more information, visit www.bauerperformancesports.com
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