As high school football teams prepare to take the gridiron under the Friday night lights this season, some will be adding a new type of advanced, protective equipment.
With the growing concern for injuries, many teams and athletes have adopted a layered protective approach in football. 2ND SKULL® CEO Federico Olivares explains, “From protective shirts that go under shoulder pads to protective girdles that go under padded football pants, 2ND SKULL follows same approach, but for your head, with a layer of protection under the football helmet.”
The 2ND SKULL® Cap is a thin, soft, flexible and breathable protective skull cap that fits under football helmets and looks just like the one that Cam Newton wore during Super Bowl 50. 2ND SKULL® products enhance existing helmet protection by utilizing a state-of-the art protective material that absorbs impact and delivers added protection for athletes.
2ND SKULL products are scientifically engineered to reduce impact and feature a layer of XRD® extreme impact protection, which has been shown to absorb energy under sudden impact. The 2ND SKULL Cap has been tested for linear impact at independent third party labs adhering to new football helmet testing standards by NOCSAE. The 2ND SKULL Cap is permitted for use at the high school level for football, hockey, baseball and lacrosse.
“High school football players receive on average 650 hits to the head per season. While there are other protective headgear options in the market, some of these have limitations as they cannot be used in games and are limited to practice. The 2ND SKULL Cap resonates with coaches, trainers, parents and athletes as it can be used in games and practice. As play intensifies, the number of impacts increases and it is critical to protect players not only in practice, but in games too. 2ND SKULL helps protect an athlete by providing a thin layer of material designed to absorb impact,” Olivares said.
High School football teams using 2ND SKULL Caps include Pittsburgh-based Pine–Richland that opened the season on a nationally televised game on ESPN, against St. Edward, Division I State Champions for Ohio. Another team using 2ND SKULL is West Allegheny, with seven titles in Western Pennsylvania since 1997. “These student-athletes work hard all summer and throughout the season to ensure they’re in the best possible shape to perform at their best. Their health and safety is our top priority. We know that impact force has to go somewhere. We were impressed by the impact absorbing technology of 2ND SKULL,” said Bob Palko, Football Head Coach for West Allegheny.
“We are pleased to see teams across the country at the youth, high school and college level use our products. We know that athletes want to look and feel great when they take the field. Beyond offering great protection, the 2ND SKULL® Cap looks like regular skull caps that NFL players wear every Sunday,” said Olivares.
The 2ND SKULL® Cap is available online and at selected sporting goods retailers including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dunham’sSports, Olympia Sports and Scheels. The retail price of the 2ND SKULL® Cap is $59.99. 2nd Skull products are proudly Made in the USA.
About 2nd Skull, LLC
2nd Skull, LLC is a protective headgear company with patented products featuring Impact Absorption Technology. 2nd Skull® products have a soft, flexible and breathable layer of XRD® that delivers impact protection. 2nd Skull® has a protective headgear product for any activity. The 2nd Skull® CAP is intended for any sport or activity where a helmet is required, such as football, hockey, and baseball. The 2nd Skull® BAND is for any sport or activity where no helmet is required and in sports such as soccer and basketball. 2nd Skull products are proudly Made in the USA. For more information please visit 2ndSkull.com