Xenith Helmets
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When former Harvard quarterback Vincent Ferrara founded Xenith LLC, his motives went way beyond creating a protective football helmet to prevent head injury.  The goal for Ferrara and his team was to decrease concussion rates while focusing on advancing safety through education and improving the culture of football .  The game of football has always been a fan favorite, but the style in which it is played has changed over the course of the years.  Violent hits are rewarded with cheering, highlight films and awards.  However, there is nothing in the rules that rewards hitting.  The rewards are entirely cultural, and the effects are real.  Helmets can't entirely prevent a concussion, but it can decrease the chances for one. Xenith has developed a product that is capable of revolutionizing the entire sports world, and has the ability to make a tremendous impact on the long term success of an athlete.  
The football helmet has evolved for more than a century ranging in styles and materials.  The earliest versions called “head harnesses” were made of soft leather, and basically just covered the ears and parts of the skull.  During the 1920's manufacturers began to use harder leather and fabric cushioning for greater protection.  Over time the plastic helmet emerged, and head injuries became more noticeable among players and to the public.  Reports estimate that one out of every 10 sports related injuries turns out to be a concussion, and there is no way to completely prevent them from happening.  Concussions are inevitable however they can be managed with proper safety and equipment.  A typical sports related concussion results from a head to head collision.  The sudden movement of the head disrupts the normal function of the brain resulting in the signs and symptoms.    It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms and the difference between the two.  Signs are visible to the onlooker, such as loss of consciousness, vomiting, and loss of balance.  What we have come to understand is that many players are suffering the symptoms of a concussion without showing any signs.  Symptoms include fogginess, nausea, frequent headaches, depression, and disorientation.  Competitive athletes have a history of not reporting these symptoms either because they choose to ignore them, or they want to stay on the field and keep playing.  Arguably the biggest problem with head injuries is playing through them, and athletes not coming forward to reveal their symptoms.  
The key difference between the Xenith X1 and other helmets on the market, is the Adaptive Head Protective System.  It adapts to the head by virtue of a snug-fit, and responds to the hit accordingly by of the presence of air cell shock absorbers.  It is specially designed to reduce the risk of brain injury, and is manufactured using the highest quality materials and processes.  Traditional helmets use foam inserts that are unable to adapt to low, medium, and high impact hits.  In the X1, the walls start to collapse, releasing air through a small opening which then dissipates energy and reduces the sudden movement of the head.  As the pressure builds, air is vented through the small hole in the disk.  The shock absorber returns to shape instantaneously, as the X1 is better and able to fully support the head during game time play.  
With over 35,000 football players going to the hospital with head injuries each season, we need to take a look at the bigger picture.    The sport is now played in an extreme fashion, eliminating many of the the benefits of the game such as teamwork and selflessness.  One factor that needs to be addressed is eliminating the use of the head for contact.  Officials, league administrators, and coaches
must examine the rules of the game, with a goal of eliminating brain injuries.  The “gladiator” mentality that permeates throughout the game, gives off an idea that you must play through the pain.  Studies found that 10-25 percent of football players in America sustain concussions each year, many of which go unreported.  Legendary quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Steve Young retired because of repeated head injuries, and it has become no secret that athletes across the board are starting to feel the effects of the game.  Players must come forward and reveal symptoms of a concussive episode in order to make a change.   Studies have reported that multiple concussions within a short period of time may lead to a life threatening condition known as Second Impact Syndrome.  This occurs after an athlete who has sustained a head injury receives another before the symptoms have cleared from the first injury.  
It goes without say that concussions have been an uncontrolled epidemic in football for decades.  Now athletes are bigger and better then ever before, and Xenith is the first to be evolving with the game.  With growing evidence that playing football may be linked to long term brain damage, better equipment and safety techniques are crucial in making a step forward.  Xenith is hoping to educate players, parents, coaches, officials, and others surrounding the game on this issue, and how we can decrease the chances.  At Xenith, building the “Enlightened Warrior”  has a complete strategy for improving football, while still keeping it fun, exciting and beneficial for players.

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