Found November 14, 2012 on
SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
Ryan Clark has decided to change helmets after knocking himself out of two straight games with apparent concussions. Clark currently wears the old model Riddell football helmet that is still very popular among many players in the league, but he has decided to make a change. He will now be wearing the Riddell Revolution football helmet, the same model that Troy Polamalu wears.
You can see the differences between the two helmets below:
In 2006 Riddell performed a study on their new helmets and announced that the revolution helmet was safer and that player who used the helmet were 31% less likely to suffer a concussion. This is the first helmet that was ever made with the strict intent of cutting down on concussions. So why does the NFL, who consistently talks about player safety and reducing concussions, not force all players to use the readily available revolution helmet? Who knows.
Ryan Clark has made a large amount of punishing hits during his NFL career and will likely pay the price down the road. The hope is to remove that part of the game for the future generations of football players. There are helmets made by Riddell, Schutt and the outside padded helmet that have all been proven to be safer, but the NFL still hasn’t made them mandatory for players to use under their player safety rules.
It’s very possible that the NFL will be forced to use a new form of helmet in the future, but for now the Riddell Revolution helmet is one of the safest bets for players and may keep Ryan Clark safer for the final years of his career. It is still possible to suffer a concussion with a revolution helmet, but the designed padding is made to put less strain on the head even on normal hits and reduces the likelihood of concussions which makes it a smart choice.
There have already been NFL players who have used outside padded helmets to reduce concussions. Mark Kelson started four Super Bowl games at safety for the Bills with an outside padded helmet to help keep from having concussions and it worked. He played a full career and was a very good player for the Bills. His helmet may have looked a little funny, but he kept his head safe and played in the NFL so I doubt he really cares.
If the NFL can get their act together they could make a huge difference with concussions. A combination of the Revolution helmet and the outside padding could create the safest helmet the NFL has ever seen and isn’t that exactly what they are looking for?
The post Ryan Clark Will Start Wearing the Riddell Revolution Helmet Like Troy Polamalu appeared first on SteelBlitz.
BEST OF MAXIM
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark announced on Wednesday that he has decided to change helmets after suffering two concussions in the past three games.
Clark will now wear the new Riddell Revolution Speed helmet that ranks highly in concussion testing. It is the same helmet that friend and fellow safety Troy Polamalu currently wears.
More and more players are switching to these...
When you look at the defensive stat line from the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-13 win Monday night over the Kansas City Chiefs you will see that safety Ryan Clark led the team in combined tackles with 10. He had 8 solo tackles and 2 assist to be specific.
This post is not aimed at slapping Clark as I believe that he has played great this season, and good Monday night. The point I want...
If you held a straw poll of Pittsburgh Steelers’ MVP candidates through nine games this season, there’s a good chance you’d see votes for Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller and Ryan Clark. In the absence of Troy Polamalu, Clark has taken over as the leader of the secondary and has played with his usual reckless abandon in collecting tackle after tackle. While much of the focus...
The Pittsburgh Steelers could be dealt another blow if their star safety can’t play. Ryan Clark sustained a second concussion within three weeks and could be in question for the Baltimore Ravens game this Sunday. He suffered the injury in an overtime victory Monday night over the Kansas City Chiefs. Ryan also sustained a concussion in the week 8 meeting against the Washington...
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark suffered a concussion during Monday night’s win over the Chiefs.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, it sounds like Clark might miss this week’s game against the Ravens.
Plenty more on Roethlisberger situation on @cbssports . Also, sounds like Ryan Clark may sit Sunday out after latest concussion
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora...
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media following the overtime win Monday night over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tomlin updated the injuries after his opening and he said that safety Ryan Clark is being evaluated for a concussion. The coach said that he doesn't have definitive information on that at this time as it happened so late in the game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers once again played down to their competition almost losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime. For the second straight year the Steelers have squeaked by an inferior Chiefs team to get a victory. However, the biggest concern following the game isn’t that the Steelers once again played down to their competition, it isn’t that the offense looked inept...
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin updated the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger along with the rest of the team during his Tuesday press conference.
Tomlin said that Roethlisberger has suffered a SC sprain to the right shoulder joint, which is known medically as a Sternoclavicular joint injury. Tomlin termed Roethlisberger as questionable this week as far as being...
The Steelers win over the Chiefs on Monday Night Football came a huge price, at least potentially as both Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Clark left the game and did not return. For Ben, he left after getting sandwiched and being thrown to the ground on his right shoulder. After going to the sidelines for a quick evaluation by Steelers trainers he jogged off to the locker room and did...
The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up practice preparations on Friday for their Sunday night game at Heinz Field against the Baltimore Ravens and the final injury report of the week is now out.
As expected, wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), safety Troy Polamalu (calf), and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder) have all been ruled out for...
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn is inactive for Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the second straight game he will miss due to a concussion.
Matt Cassel will start for the Chiefs and Ricky Stanzi will be the backup. Wide receiver Steve Breaston is also inactive for Kansas City.
The Steelers made safety Troy Polamalu inactive for the fifth straight...
The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the practice field Wednesday to begin their preparations for the Sunday night game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.
The first injury report of the week is now out and it shows that safety Troy Polamalu (calf), wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle), linebacker Chris Carter (abdomen), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), defensive end Brett...
Below is the inactive list for the Pittsburgh Steelers week 10 game at Heinz Field against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 7 inactive players are announced 90 minutes before kickoff.
S Troy Polamalu
T Marcus Gilbert
LB Stevenson Sylvester
RB Rashard Mendenhall
WR Antonio Brown
QB Charlie Batch
CB DeMarcus Van ****
QB Brady Quinn