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Schutt is an Illinois-based sporting company that develops American football, baseball, and softball equipment based in Litchfield, Illinois1 Schutt's ION 4D, AiR XP, Vengeance and DNA football helmet lines are the only helmets to have TPU Cushioning in the helmets, which is the same material used by the United States Armed Forces for fighter pilot and paratrooper helmets2
- 1 History
- 2 Concussion prevention efforts
- 3 Equipment usage
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The company was established in 1918 as a basketball hoop and dry line developer, and created the first football faceguard in 19353 In 2008, competitor Riddell sued Schutt for infringing on three patents The three products identified were branded by Schutt under the names "DNA", "ION", and "AIR XP"4 Two years later, the company sued Riddell, also for patent-infringement However, Schutt ended up losing in the lawsuit, forcing them to file bankruptcy5 Despite this, football helmets and facemask sales in 2011 increased by 15%6 After the bankruptcy, Platinum Equity acquired the assets of the company2
Concussion prevention effortsedit
Schutt has been active in preventing concussions in American football, including having created a device in 2008 for Arena Football League players called the "Shockometer" The device is shaped like a triangle, with an adhesive on one side, which sticks to the helmet When a player is hit by a g-force of more than 100 g, a light in a capsule on the device will flash red However, fan activity could potentially affect the device7 In 2012, the company developed a helmet line called "Vengeance", which the company stated will give players "the opportunity to face their foes head-on"8 Critics and doctors questioned the model's marketing, saying that the statement, as well as the name, can give the wrong message However, Schutt CEO Robert Erb stated that the name stems from the competition between Schutt and Riddell, and that the name will not appear on the helmet9
Keep your head up Do not butt, ram, spear or strike an opponent with any part of the helmet or faceguard This is a violation of football rules and may cause you to suffer severe brain or neck injury, including paralysis or death and possible injury to your opponent Contact in football may result in Concussion/Brain Injury which no helmet can prevent Symptoms include loss of consciousness or memory, dizziness, headache, nausea or confusion If you have symptoms, immediately stop and report them to your coach, trainer and parents Do not return to a game or contact until all symptoms are gone and you receive medical clearance Ignoring this warning may lead to another and more serious or fatal brain injuryNO HELMET SYSTEM CAN PROTECT YOU FROM SERIOUS BRAIN AND/OR NECK INJURIES INCLUDING PARALYSIS OR DEATH TO AVOID THESE RISKS, DO NOT ENGAGE IN THE SPORT OF FOOTBALL10 — Warning label on the back of Schutt-developed football helmets
The company's basketball equipment has been used by various athletic associations; the company's rims are the official rims of the SEC men's and women's basketball tournaments The company is the sponsor of the Illinois High School Association Schutt Sports Slam Dunk Spectacular dunk contest The Philadelphia 76ers frequently use Schutt's equipment during their summer camps, and is the preferred equipment of the Missouri Valley Conference11 The company also develops equipment for the United States men's national softball team/women's softball teams, and developed the Aqua Tech helmet in 2012 for the women's team12
- ^ "Schutt Sports, Litchfield, IL" Mantacom Retrieved 2012-07-21
- ^ a b "Platinum Equity Acquires Schutt Sports" Reuters 2010-12-16 Retrieved 2012-07-21
- ^ "Our Portfolio – Schutt Sports" Platinum Equity Retrieved 2012-07-21
- ^ "Files Patent Infringement Action Against Schutt Sports" Riddell 2008-12-10 Retrieved 2012-08-15
- ^ McCarty, Dawn 2010-09-07 "Schutt Sports Files Bankruptcy, Seeks Bar to Riddell Patent Suit Damages" Bloomberg Retrieved 2012-07-21
- ^ Landis, Tim 2011-09-23 "Schutt Sports says it's growing again" The State Journal-Register Retrieved 2012-06-18
- ^ "AFL to test device designed to warn of possible concussions - Orlando Sentinel" Articlesorlandosentinelcom 2008-03-06 Retrieved 2012-07-21
- ^ "Schutt Sport: Vengeance Is Here" Schuttsportscom 2012-01-09 Retrieved 2012-08-15
- ^ Dicker, Ron January 11, 2012 "Vengeance Helmet, Schutt Sports' New Model, Raises Eyebrows" Huffingtonpostcom Retrieved 2012-08-15
- ^ "How to Properly Fit The Schutt® Helmet Systems" PDF Retrieved 21 June 2012
- ^ "Schutt Sports - Basketball Systems - Residential & Institutional Grade" Basketballhoopsonlinecom Retrieved 2012-08-15
- ^ "USA Softball Schutt Sports unveils new USA Softball Women’s National Team Aqua Tech helmet for 2012" Usasoftballcom Retrieved 2012-08-15
- Official website
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