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Report: NFL bans non-traditional facemasks

Posted by Dallas Miller on July 1, 2014 – 9:57 am

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It was fun while it lasted, right?

Per a report from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the NFL will ban non-traditional facemasks in 2014.

UPDATE: As of 10:25 a.m. ET the league office confirmed the report and released a detailed statement that lays out the primary areas of concern based on scholarly research.

PHOTOS: Non-traditional facemasks (NFL.com)

Rapoport obtained a league memo from NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent that details research from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. The research showed that the non-standard facemasks more frequently fail safety and certification tests and aren’t up to NFL safety standards. In addition, a study conducted by the University of New Hampshire for the NFL states that the added weight of the masks negatively affects the structure of the helmet, can cause neck fatigue that could lead to a more head-down posture during contact and can provide a false sense of security during tackling.

Players with medical approval for facemasks in 2013 must be re-evaluated prior to the 2014 season, and strict guidelines for future medical exemptions in regards to facemasks will be enforced, the memo stated.


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