Sport Headgear Patents (Class 2/425)
  • Patent number: 10413009
    Abstract: A helmet for tracking impact including at least one sensor, a processor in communication with the sensor and a storage file in communication with the processor, the at least one sensor measures a force applied to the helmet and sends a signal to the processor indicative of the measured force. The processor receives the signal indicative of the measured force and compares the measured force to a predetermined value, wherein if the measured force exceeds the predetermined value data is sent to the storage file to record the measured force. The helmet can include an alarm system and/or an Injury tracking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Rex Medical, L.P.
    Inventor: James F. McGuckin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10258100
    Abstract: A football helmet has a rigid plastic football helmet shell with a single raised plateau in the crown portion of the shell extending from the front portion, over the crown portion, toward the back portion. The raised plateau has a left border and a right border. The left border is composed of a plurality of segments and extends continuously from the front portion, over the crown portion, toward the back portion. The segments of the left border including at least a first segment and second segment, which meet to form an angle. A non-circular first ventilation hole through the shell has at least a first side, a second side, and a third side, and is positioned at the angle, such that the first side is adjacent to the first segment and the second side is adjacent to the second segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Erb, Cortney Warmouth, Vincent R. Long, Louis Anthony Vanhoutin
  • Patent number: 10111619
    Abstract: According to some embodiments of this disclosure, a smart sports protective apparatus comprises: a base body device for covering at least a part of a user's body to relieve an impact of an external force to at least the part of the user's body when the user is playing sports; a circuit device for collecting user data, including the user's biological data, motion status data, and body gesture data, from the user in real time when the user is playing sports, at least a part of the circuit device being arranged inside the base body device; and a power supply device for supplying an electric power to the circuit device, the power supply device being arranged inside the base body device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Jijun Wang
  • Patent number: 10016006
    Abstract: The invention includes a protective headpiece and components thereof and methods for their use. Preferred examples comprise a helmet component, a plurality of piers joining said helmet component to a shoulder pad component and an inner hat component permitting the wearer the ability to move the head from side to side and/or up and down within the helmet component without moving the helmet component. The helmet component may comprise a plurality of fluid-filled floating plates or floats on the inner surface thereof to cushion the head against impact during activities including, for example, football, race car driving, military activities and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: William Popejoy
  • Patent number: 9908027
    Abstract: An article of apparel includes a padding system that dynamically changes configuration in response to an impending impact. The padding system may change from a state that has a high flexibility and offers low protection from impact to a state that has a low flexibility and offers increase protection from impact. The system may use a filament to constrict a plurality of padding elements together in order to increase the overall stiffness of the pad. The filament may be tightened and loosened by a spool. The spool may receive a signal regarding the impending impact from a sensor that is a part of the article of apparel, or a sensor that is separate from it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Tiffany A. Beers
  • Patent number: 9568389
    Abstract: A blast pressure recording device and method includes at least one first sensor for measuring a parameter indicative of a blast event, at least one comparator in communication with the at least one first sensor for determining whether said parameter indicative of a blast event exceeds a predetermined threshold, at least one second sensor for measuring blast pressure, a power control means providing power to the at least one second sensor only when the predetermined threshold is exceeded, and a controller for receiving and recording blast pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Med-Eng, LLC
    Inventors: Doug Wong, Aristidis Makris, Gordana Jeftic-Stojanovski
  • Patent number: 9403080
    Abstract: A sport helmet having an outer shell, an inner padding for covering at least partially the wearer's head, an occipital inner pad for facing the occipital region of the wearer's head, a rear support having an upper part hingedly mounted to the helmet and a lower part mounted to the occipital inner pad, and a biasing member having a portion abutting the rear inner surface of the outer shell such that the rear support and occipital inner pad are movable between a first position wherein the rear support is biased to extend inwardly from the rear inner surface, and a second position when the wearer puts on the sport helmet to cause the rear support and occipital inner pad to be deflected towards the rear inner surface while the rear support and occipital inner pad maintain pressure on the occipital region of the wearer's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, INC.
    Inventors: Philippe Jean, Jacques Durocher, Marie-Claude Genereux, Denis Cote
  • Patent number: 9396641
    Abstract: A system for predicting and warning of impacts includes a sensor located remote from a user and configured to acquire user data regarding motion of the user and object data regarding motion of the object; and a processing circuit configured to predict a potential impact between the user and the object based on the user data and the object data; and control operation of a user-wearable warning device to provide a warning output to the user in advance of a predicted time of the potential impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Paul G. Allen, Philip V. Bayly, David L. Brody, Alistair K. Chan, Jesse R. Cheatham, III, William D. Duncan, Richard G. Ellenbogen, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, Raul Radovitzky, Anthony V. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Nicholas W. Touran, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Publication number: 20150135413
    Abstract: A multilayer safety helmet assembly is provided comprising a helmet assembly including a helmet outer shell, a helmet inner shell, and an array of vibration dampeners disposed intermediate the outer shell and the inner shell. A resilient face guard/shock absorber assembly is further provided including a face guard and shock absorber assembly extending between the face guard and the helmet assembly. A head motion restraint assembly includes a first portion engaged to the helmet assembly and a second portion engageable to a shoulder pad(s) worn by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Myron Dave Mayerovitch
  • Patent number: 9032557
    Abstract: Various embodiments of protective helmets are disclosed, with a particular focus on rear opening full-face helmets. Embodiments include an emergency release mechanism tor such helmets, which allows the helmet to be separated into a front and rear shell thereby to facilitate removal from a wearer's head with minimal stress to the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Voztec Limited
    Inventors: Mark Bryant, John Vozzo
  • Publication number: 20150121609
    Abstract: A helmet (10) formed of a plurality of layers wherein at least one of the layers comprises a plurality of beads (16) encased within a liner (28), and a second liner selected from the group consisting of a hard layer (36) and a soft layer (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Brome Bird Care Inc.
    Inventor: Paul L. Cote
  • Patent number: 9026396
    Abstract: An impact sensing device including a plurality of accelerometers orthogonally oriented with respect to each other and attachable at a body location, each capable of producing a signal indicative of an impact. An integrated circuit is configured to determine the magnitude and direction of the impact based on the signals and operative to activate an indicator when the magnitude exceeds a selected threshold based on the direction of the impact. A head injury coefficient is determined based on the magnitude and a duration of the impact, and the threshold level of acceleration is expressed in terms of a head injury coefficient value. The head injury coefficient value is determined by empirically correlating a head injury coefficient measured at the body location and a head injury coefficient measured at the center of mass of a human head resulting from an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Battle Sports Sicence, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Evans, Christopher W. Circo
  • Patent number: 9005120
    Abstract: A vital signs monitor system is integrated with personal protective equipment (“PPE”) so that upon wearing the PPE, the monitor is placed in an operational position to monitor a vital sign. In one embodiment, the vital signs sensor comprises a thermal sensor located at a mouth guard to automatically make operational contact with tissue under the tongue when the mouth guard is worn. A second vital signs monitor comprising reflective pulse oximetry devices senses oxygen saturation and heart rate. Vital signs data are communicated to an RF module located in an associated helmet for transmission to a remote location. A gateway at that remote location receives the transmitted vital signs data and forwards that data to a data collection, organization, and access system that is programmed to make the vital signs data available over the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Richard H. Ryan
  • Patent number: 9004801
    Abstract: A face shield, such as a visor, mounts to a protective helmet using a mounting assembly. The mounting assembly has a base, a spacer assembly, and a pair of posts. The base is disposed on the interior of the helmet. The posts are connected to the base and extend outwardly into the holes that are formed in the side of the helmet. The posts may or may not extend completely through the holes formed in the helmet. The spacer assembly engages the first and second posts such that the helmet is disposed between the base and the spacer assembly. The spacer assembly receives corresponding fasteners that attach the face shield to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Wally Wayne Tatomir
  • Patent number: 8997266
    Abstract: A head gear assembly that includes a shell; a facial protector connectively attached to the shell that further includes a first element; a second element positioned approximately parallel to the first element; a third and fourth element positioned approximately perpendicular to one or both of the first element and the second element; a gap further comprising a gap size defined by the position of a combination of at least two of the first element, the second element, the third element, and the fourth element, wherein the gap size is adjustable between a plurality of gap sizes, wherein the first element is movingly engaged with the second element, and wherein the first element moves freely from the second element as the gap size is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: John DeBoer
  • Patent number: 8997265
    Abstract: A head guard is provided which has a fabric layer and a padding layer. The head guard is stretchable between a relaxed configuration and an expanded configuration. The expanding configuration has a convex shape such that it can conform to a head of a wearer. The head guard can be worn by a wearer in combination with a helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: 2nd Skull, LLC
    Inventor: Federico Olivares Velasco
  • Patent number: 8984670
    Abstract: Provided is a protective insert to be received into a pocket of a protective athletic headwear. The protective insert includes a hard outer layer, at least one pliable middle layer, and a pliable inner layer. The hard outer layer includes an arrangement of first openings to enable flexing of the hard outer layer to decelerate an impact to the at least one protective insert. The at least one pliable middle layer includes at least one arrangement of second openings. The pliable inner layer provides cushioning. The hard outer layer, the at least one pliable middle layer, and the pliable inner layer are sealed such that the second openings form sealed air pockets to absorb and distribute the impact to the outer layer about the at least one protective insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Robert E. Cleva
  • Patent number: 8981952
    Abstract: A sensor includes a housing and a mass, suspended in the housing. The motion of the mass emulates dynamic behavior of a brain of the wearer along a plurality of axes. At least one sensing element is coupled to generate sensor data based on the motion of the mass, in response to an impact to a protective helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: THL Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Patent number: 8973173
    Abstract: The environmental system for motorsports helmets includes a helmet and backpack containing various components of the system. The helmet includes an inlet and air passages for forced air ventilation, a tube conducting drinking water from a helmet inlet to the mouth of the helmet wearer, and a radio communications headset. The helmet is a full-face helmet having an openable transparent face shield and visor formed with the face shield as a unit. A backpack is provided with the helmet, the backpack containing a motor driven fan to supply air to the helmet. The air is filtered through an external filter on the pack, before entering the fan and ventilation system. A water tank is also included in the backpack, allowing the helmet wearer to draw water from the supply. A conventional communications transceiver is also provided with the backpack, the transceiver connecting to the headset within the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Todd E. Elam, Renee J. Elam
  • Patent number: 8966670
    Abstract: A safety helmet having an outer shell formed from a polycarbonate crown and an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene skirt, and an inner shell formed from expanded polystyrene. The inner shell is co-moulded with the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Strategic Sports Limited
    Inventor: Norman Tien-Hou Cheng
  • Patent number: 8959668
    Abstract: A device includes a chinstrap with two or four-point attachment which also incorporates jaw protection and inertia displacement. The chin protection consists of a padded chin cup with interior webbing to align the chin cup on the user's chin. To either side of the chin cup, jaw protecting portions laterally emanate to either side of the chin along the jaw line of the user/wearer. These jaw protecting structures are as wide as the chin cup at their attachments to the chin cup and may taper to a thinner configuration as they extend away from the chin cup. In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, two opposed straps emanate laterally to either side of the chin cup and two other straps emanate laterally from respective ones of the jaw protecting structures. An alternate embodiment with only two attachment points is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew S. Ganes, Paul M. Jepsen
  • Patent number: 8955169
    Abstract: An embodiment of a safety helmet for protecting the human head against repetitive impacts, moderate impacts and severe impacts so as to significantly reduce the likelihood of both translational and rotational brain injury and concussions includes a outer shell, an outer liner disposed within and coupled to the outer shell, and an inner liner disposed within and coupled in spaced opposition to the outer liner by a plurality of isolation dampers for omnidirectional movement of the inner liner relative to the outer liner and the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: 6D Helmets, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Weber, Robert Daniel Reisinger
  • Patent number: 8938818
    Abstract: A football helmet includes a plastic shell having an offset band extending around a rear region of the shell and above the lower edge surface of the shell. The offset band includes an offset band wall having an inner band surface offset from an inner shell wall surface, and an outer band surface offset from and outer shell wall surface. A pair of angled transition walls extends between the offset band wall and a rear region of the shell. The shell also includes a raised central band integrally formed as part of the shell and extending across the crown region to the rear region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Thad M. Ide, Ralph J. Infusino, Nelson Kraemer, Christopher R. P. Withnall, Timothy D. Bayne
  • Patent number: 8930144
    Abstract: An apparatus as provided for measuring acceleration of a person's head or other object. The apparatus comprises a sensor for sensing acceleration and a controller for controlling recording of data resulting from the sensed acceleration due to an explosive force. The controller is adapted to determine whether or not to enable recording of the data based on the sensed acceleration. A data receiver is provided to receive the sensed acceleration data from the sensing means, and requires electrical power to enable data to be received thereby. The controller controls electrical power to the receiver so that if the sensed acceleration reaches or exceeds a predetermined value, electrical power to the data receiver is enabled. The recorded acceleration data may be used for injury analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Med-Eng, LLC
    Inventors: Graham Hubler, Jeffrey Byers, Brian Houston, Robert Corsaro, Phil Frank, Jason Kost, Kenny Opachko, Alain Berdoz, Peter Herdic, Lock-Sui Chin, Jeffrey Levine, Jean-Philippe Dionne, Doug Wong, Daniel Crossman
  • Patent number: 8927088
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a composite structure for deflecting and spreading kinetic energy transmission after various types of impacts utilizing foam structures having graded properties. The structure has a first composite layer, composed of a discrete reinforcement and a continuous binder. The helmet receives contact of an object that transfers kinetic energy to a first composite layer. The helmet uses a second composite layer adjacent to the first composite layer designed such that the second composite layer compresses and expands into an expansion zone in the second composite layer. The second composite layer has expansion structures with a graded modulus such that the material at the tip of an expansion structure has a low modulus and the modulus in the expansion structure increases as it moves from the tip to the base of the expansion structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: KineticShield, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Ira Faden, Thomas E. Twardowski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8925118
    Abstract: A concussion indicator that may easily be applied to a helmet is provided. The concussion indicator may visually or audibly provide indicators relating to impacts creating accelerations of the helmet that likely cause a concussion. In some embodiments, three separate indicators may be used within a single base; each indicator is configured to indicate at impacts relating to different concussion grades. A rear of the base is attachable to a surface such as an interior or exterior of a helmet. Upon a concussion triggering acceleration, the concussion indicator will indicate that a concussion is likely. This display may be seen or heard by observers if the indicator is on an exterior of the helmet, and by the user or someone who removes the user's helmet if it is on the inside of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Antonio Pietrantonio
  • Patent number: 8918918
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing neck injury, spinal cord injury and concussion is disclosed. The apparatus includes a helmet, a body harness and a plurality of anchor assemblies connecting the helmet to the body harness. The anchor assemblies are adjustable to limit the cervical rotation, lateral bending, flexion and extension ranges of motion of a wearer to a predetermined set point, each anchor assembly including a plurality of guide cords extending from the helmet to an anchor of the anchor assembly, the plurality of guide cords being attached to, but individually adjustable with respect to, the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin J. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8914916
    Abstract: Provided is a helmet suspension system which is configured to mitigate rapid movements, i.e., acceleration and deceleration, of a user's head. The helmet suspension system connects to a base and a helmet worn by a wearer and allows for slow, safe movements of the helmet relative to the base, but restricts rapid and generally unsafe movements of the helmet relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: James D. Castillo
  • Patent number: 8898819
    Abstract: Provided are a protective headwear and method of manufacturing the headwear. The headwear includes a body, band and plurality of protective inserts. The body has an opening and a crown, and is configured to fit a head of a person. The band extends from and about the opening of the body to the interior of the body and partially toward the crown. The band is free floating with respect to the body and configured to fit the head of the person. The band includes a plurality of pockets disposed about a base stitching that secures the band to the body. The protective inserts are configured to be received into the pockets to provide a protective function to the head of the person. The protective inserts are disposed adjacently to one another about the band and extend from the base stitching of the band to the crown of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert E. Cleva
  • Patent number: 8896457
    Abstract: A wireless device includes a sensor module that generates sensor data in response to an impact to the protective headgear. A device processing module generates event data in response to the sensor data, wherein the device processing module includes an event detection module that analyzes the sensor data and triggers the generating of the event data in response to detection of an event in the sensor data. A short-range wireless transmitter transmits a wireless signal that includes the event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: THL Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Patent number: 8881315
    Abstract: A helmet, which includes an injection molded shell having an inner surface and an outer surface, the injection molded shell including a first main body portion and a second main body portion, wherein the first and second main body portions are formed of a first material; and a first molded hinge portion formed intermediate the first and second main body portions, the molded hinge portion adapted to allow the first main body portion and the second main body portion to move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: André Desjardins, Philippe Martin, Ryan Crelinsten
  • Patent number: 8832870
    Abstract: An adjustable hockey helmet includes a front shell that is longitudinally movable relative to a rear shell to adjust the length of the helmet. One or more substantially rigid straps or similar elements are attached to the front shell and extend to the interior of the rear shell. A cam mechanism or similar device is included on the rear shell for securing the straps directly or indirectly against the interior of the rear shell to prevent longitudinal movement of the front shell relative to the rear shell once the helmet is adjusted to a desired length. Alternatively, the one or more straps may be attached to the rear shell and the cam mechanism may be included on the front shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Easton Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Guillaume Belanger, Jean-Francois Beland
  • Patent number: 8819871
    Abstract: A helmet has a shell with a front opening covered by a faceguard of elongated wire segments. Loopstraps engage around wire segments at sides and a crown of the shell and fasteners connect the loopstraps to the shell. The fasteners each have a nut extending from an inside of the helmet shell out into a hole of the shell and an aperture of the loopstrap, and a stud removably connected to the nut by pushing and turning the stud by about a quarter turn to lock the stud to the nut. A tension spring between a head of the stud and the loopstrap urges the stud away from the nut when the stud is rotated to unlock the stud for facilitating a quick removal of the stud from the nut and a quick disconnection of the loopstrap and faceguard from the helmet shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kranos IP Corporation
    Inventors: Larry E. Maddux, Raymond J. Drake, Jr., Louis Anthony VanHoutin, Vincent R. Long, Cortney Warmouth
  • Patent number: 8813269
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an improved sports helmet including a quick release connector assembly for the faceguard that allows for rapid disconnection of the faceguard from the helmet shell. The connector includes a bracket, and a coupler mechanism featuring an elongated pin, a head component, a spring, a retractable engaging element and a washer. The connector assembly is moveable between a use position wherein the faceguard is secured to the shell by the bracket and the coupler mechanism, and a released position wherein the bracket and the faceguard are disconnected from the shell. An inwardly directed actuation force that lacks a rotational component is applied to the elongated pin to move from the use position to the released position. In addition, the sports helmet includes an adjustable pad assembly comprised of an inflatable bladder and a pad member, wherein the bladder displaces the pad member towards the center of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittorio Bologna, Thad M. Ide, Nelson Kraemer, Ralph J. Infusino
  • Patent number: 8813270
    Abstract: A safety helmet includes a shield movable relative to a shell from an open to a closed position, and vice-versa through operation of a shield actuation system. When in the closed position, the shield actuation system permits the shield to be aligned substantially flush with the shell. Further, the shield actuation system allows the shield to be opened through a manual process that includes pushing on a lever or button to initially release the shield and then rotate the shield into the open position. The shield actuation system includes a number of plates with at least two of the plates in kinematic cooperation for allowing the shield to pop out and then rotate relative to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Vladimiro Pizzi
  • Patent number: 8793816
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a protective headpiece for an athlete of a game using a projectile to protect at least a portion of the brow, temple and jaw of the athlete's head against impacts by the projectile. The protective head piece is releasably securable to the athlete's head and includes a mask portion comprising an impact resistant material. The mask portion includes a brow portion adapted to substantially shield the athlete's brow area and having opposed sides. A temple portion is positioned at each side of the brow portion and adapted to substantially shield the athlete's temple areas. The mask portion also includes a jaw portion extending from each of the temple portions and adapted to substantially shield at least the athlete's lower jaw. The jaw portion includes a front portion which defines an opening sized to permit frontal viewing of the athlete's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Hoplite Armour LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Emrich, John Larkin, Frederick Mariani, William Rempe
  • Patent number: 8797165
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for monitoring a physiological parameter of players engaged in a sporting activity. The system includes a plurality of reporting units, a controller, and a signaling device. The reporting unit has an arrangement of sensing devices that measure the physiological parameter of an individual player and generate parameter data. The controller receives the parameter data transmitted from each reporting unit and then processes the parameter data to calculate a parameter result. When the parameter result exceeds a predetermined value, the controller communicates with a signaling device that provides an alert to sideline personnel to monitor the player(s) in question. The system also includes a remote storage device for holding historical data collected by the system which permits subsequent analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Greenwald, Jeffrey J. Chu, Joseph J. Crisco, III, Thad M. Ide
  • Patent number: 8789212
    Abstract: Provided is protective athletic headwear that includes a body, band and protective inserts. The body has a first opening and a second smaller opening. The pocket band extends about the first opening to the interior of the body and partially toward the second opening. The band is free floating with respect to the body and configured to fit the head of the person. Further, the band includes pockets disposed about a base stitching that secure the band to the body. The protective inserts are configured to be received into pockets to provide a protective function to the head of the person. The protective inserts are disposed adjacently to one another about the band and extend from the base stitching of the band partially toward the second opening such that the body encloses the protective inserts in the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Robert E. Cleva
  • Patent number: 8782819
    Abstract: A protective component for use within a protective helmet such as a football helmet that includes one or more spider web-like structures formed from a fine but strong polymeric fiber, preferably artificial spider web silk. The one or more spider web layers are spaced apart one from another as well as from any conventional padding foam lining the hard shell of a helmet. The web layer or layers is/are independently attached to the helmet shell, generally by their edges. The innermost web layer surrounds and conforms to a wearer's head. The spider web elements provide excellent protection to the head of a wearer of the protective helmet. The use of the inventive web layers allows the production of fewer helmet sizes while still resulting in a perfect conformal fit to a wide range of head sizes and/or shapes within a particular helmet size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas C. Culpepper
  • Patent number: 8782818
    Abstract: A safety helmet structure and a processing method thereof. The safety helmet includes a first section, a second section and an extension section defined between the first and second sections. The first section is sprayed with a figure. A decorative section or a figure layers is adhered to the second section. After a periphery of the decorative section or figure layer partially passes over an edge of the second section, the periphery of the decorative section or figure layer enters the extension section. The first and second sections together form a helmet subassembly. The helmet subassembly is placed in a mold and integrally bonded with a buffer material or foam material filler to form a helmet assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Chang-Hsien Ho
  • Patent number: 8776272
    Abstract: A helmet cover that has an outer skin, an impact absorbing material and at least one vent comprising an aperture through the helmet cover is described. A helmet cover vent may be aligned with a vent in a helmet, thereby providing for improved ventilation and cooling, and may be attached to a helmet. A helmet cover vent may be configured as a tapered or flared vent, and may be an air capture vent. The impact absorbing material may be configured over substantially the entire helmet cover surface, or may cover only a portion of the surface. In one embodiment, the impact absorbing material is configured as a discrete pad that is located where impact is most common, such as on the front, sides, or back of the helmet cover. A discrete pad may be interchangeable, allowing for customizing the type and location of impact absorption on the helmet cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Protective Sports Equipment International Inc.
    Inventors: Albert E Straus, Frank Lytle
  • Patent number: 8769727
    Abstract: One embodiment of a temple protection device that is designed to be worn underneath the wearer's hat or baseball cap. The device has a two-sided hard plate shell (18) comprised of rigid protective material. One side of the device has a clamp (22) that is used to attach the temple protection device to the sweat band of the wearer's cap. The opposite side of the temple protection device fits against the wearer's head and may have padding (26, 28, 30) attached thereto. At the base of the hard plate shell (18) there is a temple protection flap (20) that protrudes from under the wearer's cap to cover temple area that is not under the wearer's cap. Other embodiments are described as shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: John Dennis Hester
  • Patent number: 8763166
    Abstract: A head guard is provided which has a fabric layer and a padding layer. The head guard is stretchable between a relaxed configuration and an expanded configuration. The expanding configuration has a convex shape such that it can conform to a head of a wearer. The head guard can be worn by a wearer in combination with a helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: 2nd Skull, LLC
    Inventor: Federico Olivares Velasco
  • Patent number: 8763163
    Abstract: Visor assemblies using a soft type foam visor formed from a pliable and flexible material, such as but not limited to ethylene vinyl acetate, having patterns of through-hole and partial cutouts hole that allow for accessories such as labels, charms, badges, and the like, to be plugged into the openings and easily removable and interchangeable with other accessories. The visor assemblies use a removable rear head strap having a plurality of holes with rivets that allow the strap to adjust about different head sizes. A puncture tool will turn a partial cutout into a complete throughhole cutout. The puncture tool is mountable into a cutout hole. An adapter is mountable to support sunglasses/eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Foamula Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Johns
  • Patent number: 8726425
    Abstract: To facilitate driving and prevent a fatigue in a neck by avoiding fluctuations of a helmet to left and right even in a wind (air flow) of a high relative speed thereby stabilizing the helmet. A wake stabilizer for the helmet has a right stabilizer (10R) and a left stabilizer (10L) provided symmetrically at the body wake flow portions (9) on the left and right sides of the helmet. Each of the left and right stabilizers (10R, 10L) has a side straightening face (15) extending from the side face position of the body wake flow portion (9) to the rear surface at such an angle as being fitted on the back of the helmet while being kept flat, and a wind separating portion (16) providing a longitudinal edge extending perpendicularly on a rear edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: OGK Kabuto Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Murakami
  • Publication number: 20140130239
    Abstract: A headwear device includes an endothermic reactor and a trigger to initiate an endothermic reaction in a reactor while the headwear device is being worn on a wearer's head. The headwear device may preferably be utilized in, or conjunction with, a motorcycle safety helmet or similar crash protection device. The headwear device is intended to prevent or delay the onset of brain damage as a result of serious trauma or head injury.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Jullian Joshua Preston-Powers
  • Patent number: 8719967
    Abstract: A helmet, especially a cricket or other sports helmet, comprises an outer shell member and, disposed adjacent its inner surface, a layer comprising an inflatable element operatively connected with inflation mechanism. The layer comprising the inflatable element preferably comprises a plurality of individual cells or pockets defined by a fluid-impermeable plastics membrane material, the individual cells or pockets being mutually in communication for pressurization and pressure-release purposes and connected to the inflation mechanism. The cells or pockets may contain impact-absorption or cushioning materials which are preferably porous to allow absorption and desorption of the inflation fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Ayrtek (TM) Limited
    Inventor: Tom Milsom
  • Patent number: 8719968
    Abstract: A head gear assembly for protecting a user's head, the assembly having an upper head portion; a facial protector connectively attached to the upper head portion; and a movable armature for movable engagement to at least a portion of the facial protector, wherein engagement between the movable armature and the least a portion of the facial protector forms at least one gap a gap further comprising a gap size, and wherein the gap size is adjustable from a first size to a plurality of other sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: John Michael DeBoer
  • Publication number: 20140123372
    Abstract: A shield adapted for use with a baseball cap or caps used in other sports is disclosed to protect a pitcher or fielder from a batted or thrown baseball or softball. A panel is shaped to conform with a front side of a ball cap and is secured with straps or other means on the outer side of the ball cap or, alternatively, on the inner side of the ball cap. The shield is formed of a sheet or panel of impact absorbing plastic that protects the user from trauma in the event of a collision with a traveling ball or other object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Charles Shen
  • Patent number: 8713717
    Abstract: Provided is protective athletic headwear that includes a body, band and protective inserts. The body has a first opening and a second smaller opening. The pocket band extends about the first opening to the interior of the body and partially toward the second opening. The band is free floating with respect to the body and configured to fit the head of the person. Further, the band includes pockets disposed about a base stitching that secure the band to the body. The protective inserts are configured to be received into pockets to provide a protective function to the head of the person. The protective inserts are disposed adjacently to one another about the band and extend from the base stitching of the band partially toward the second opening such that the body encloses the protective inserts in the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Robert E. Cleva