Neck Protector Patents (Class 2/468)
  • Patent number: 9700094
    Abstract: A motion restrictor device is operable to be worn with a protective helmet to reduce the risk of head or spine injury caused by injurious movement of the helmet. The device includes a helmet-engaging component supported on a harness. The component presents helmet-engagement surfaces positioned on opposite sides of the neck of the user. The component is operable to yieldably bias each of the helmet-engagement surfaces toward the helmet when the device is worn, such that contact with the helmet is maintained as the helmet-engagement surface shifts through a range of motion. The device also includes a brake assembly that restricts shifting of at least one of the helmet-engagement surfaces in response to injurious movement of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Scott W. Nagely
  • Patent number: 9648914
    Abstract: An airbag deployment system includes a helmet, a torso protection assembly, and an airbag assembly. The airbag assembly is coupled to one of the helmet and the torso protection assembly and includes an airbag, an inflation device configured to inflate the airbag, and a first coupling device. The first coupling device is configured to couple to a second coupling device provided on the other of the helmet and the torso protection assembly upon inflation of the airbag. The coupling resists relative movement between the helmet and the torso protection assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: William D. Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov
  • Patent number: 9427652
    Abstract: A therapeutic device is configured to be worn by a user for providing spinal support to the user's body. The therapeutic device has a first support section and a second support section that connects to the first support section. The first support section is configured to comfortably engage and support the neck of the user's body. The second support section is configured to comfortably engage and support the lower back of the user's body while the first support section engages and supports the neck of the user's body to provide maximum support for an entire spinal region of the user's body with a level of comfort while maintaining a full range of motion for the user's spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Ehsan Khademi
  • Patent number: 9415711
    Abstract: A head and neck support (HANS) device comprises a collar, a left leg unit, a right leg unit, and a leg unit rotation control assembly. The collar may be positioned behind a wearer's neck. The left leg unit may be coupled to a left side of the collar to engage the wearer's left shoulder and chest area. The right leg unit may be coupled to a right side of the collar to engage the wearer's right shoulder and chest area. The leg unit rotation control assembly may include male splines and female splines to allow the leg units to rotate with respect to the collar when the female splines are separated from the male splines and to rigidly fix the position of the leg units with respect to the collar when the female splines are interlocked with the male splines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Darnell
  • Patent number: 9205320
    Abstract: A head and neck protection system is provided that includes a dome including a rear frame and a cage attached to a front of the rear frame and an upper torso padded portion removably attached to a bottom of the dome portion. The dome is configured such that a when a wearer's head moves in its full range of motion, the wearer's head does not touch the inside of the dome portion in any direction such that a force from a collision is transmitted to the wearer's upper torso, thereby bypassing the wearer's head and neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: MASON ENTERPRISES ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Roger J. Mason
  • Patent number: 9027170
    Abstract: A personal protection device for protecting a user is described. The personal protection device can have an inflatable member having an internal chamber that can be inflated or deflated according to predetermined conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Dainese S.p.A.
    Inventors: Lino Dainese, Luigi Ronco
  • Publication number: 20150113717
    Abstract: A protective athletic garment that provides cushioning effect to areas of wearer's body and shock absorbing capability, while keeping resistance to impact and collision during activities. The garment comprises an article of clothing which covers a portion of a wearer's body and a protective element attached into areas susceptible to injury. The protective element is preferably formed of a base layer of polyurethane shock absorbent foam and a top layer of thermoplastic polyurethane foil including flex zones and raised elements to provide high abrasion resistance and low friction sliding ability during falls. The protective element comprises ventilation holes and a plurality of grooves to stitch the protective element to the garment to create any style of garment. The protective element can be used for different portions of the wearer's body by varying the shape and/or size of the protective element to accommodate a variety of human body portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Miguel Giron
  • Publication number: 20150119273
    Abstract: The invention is based on the surprising discovery that as few as one episode of blast exposure increases the risk of CTE. Blast exposure is associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, impaired neuronal function, and persistent cognitive deficits in blast-exposed military veterans and experimental animals. Early diagnosis and assessment of risk permits physicians to prescribe treatment to reduce or slow progression of impairment before the onset of overt symptoms that become apparent decades after an initial insult or trauma to brain tissue. The invention provides methods and compositions for diagnosis and prognosis of individuals at risk of long term complications related to blast injury or concussive injury.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Lee E. Goldstein, Ann C. Mckee, Neil W. Kowall
  • Patent number: 8990962
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Publication number: 20150067953
    Abstract: A device includes a collar and at least one pad. The collar is configured for wearing by a user, the collar having a plurality of pad receptacles. The at least one pad is configured for coupling with a selected one of the plurality of pad receptacles, the pad having an elastic portion configured to limit movement of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Chambers, Derek N. Kness
  • Patent number: 8943617
    Abstract: The invention provides a head cooling/heating device comprising a webbing adapted to encapsulate the human head; and a plurality of cavities defined by said webbing, said cavities adapted to reversibly receive a plurality of substrates, wherein the substrates are capable of being cooled or heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Robert D. Harty
  • Patent number: 8938820
    Abstract: A protective device for the neck, such as a neck brace, with a substantially rigid closed structure around the neck and adapted to sit on the user's torso includes means for temporarily changing the device's shape so as to reduce the natural gap between the upper brace surface and the lower rim of the helmet, thereby creating a supplementary transmission path for compressive forces exerted upon the device towards the torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Alpinestars Research SRL
    Inventors: Giovanni Mazzarolo, Coliln Ballantyne
  • Patent number: 8914918
    Abstract: An anti-horse collar tackle safety device, comprising a base having means for attaching the base to a pair of shoulder pads, wherein the base comprises an interior portion facing the shoulder pads and an exterior portion that is accessible from outside a jersey placed over the shoulder pads, and a releasable portion releasably attached to the exterior portion of the base via means for releasable attachment, wherein the releasable portion is configured to release via application of a force equal to or less than about 15 pounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Swanson, Dustin Thomas Swanson
  • Patent number: 8898822
    Abstract: A device includes a collar and at least one pad. The collar is configured for wearing by a user, the collar having a plurality of pad receptacles. The at least one pad is configured for coupling with a selected one of the plurality of pad receptacles, the pad having an elastic portion configured to limit movement of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kato Kollar, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Chambers, Derek N. Kness
  • Publication number: 20140331397
    Abstract: Provided is a neck supporter which is easy to use and which can reliably support the head of the wearer. The neck supporter includes an elongated main body providing said air-bag; an air injection valve that is provided in said main body to enable the air to be injected into said air-bag or discharged therefrom; connection sections (e.g., loops and hooks) that are provided on opposite surfaces in a vicinity of opposite ends of said main body to connect said opposite surfaces to each other; and a plurality of retaining portions (e.g., thermal compression bonding portions and through-holes) that are provided dispersedly as dots in series in a longitudinal direction of said main body to provide bonded portions between a front surface and a back surface of said main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicants: Yukari Corporation, Sole Balance Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Iwao Kasahara
  • Publication number: 20140331396
    Abstract: A neck protector which helps eliminate someone from burning their neck while using curling irons and hair straighteners is disclosed. My invention appears to be the first that will be displayed in stores everywhere. It will sell very well if displayed in the hair section near the curling irons, hair straighteners, hot rollers and other heated styling devices. My invention will sell very well in retail stores including beauty supply houses and salons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Kimberly Dawn Smith
  • Patent number: 8832871
    Abstract: A collar for protecting the neck of a user, useful in particular for motorcycle riders, is envisaged, said collar comprising two half-collars which are pivotably hinged together at one end so as to be rotatable in a substantially horizontal plane and which can be connected together by means of a fastening and release lever, a safety structure which at the rear extends downwards from the bottom edge of the collar so as to be centered with respect to the spinal column of the user, and a protective shield which extends downwards at the front. The safety structure has a breakable structure made of the material with an impact strength lower than the material forming the collar so as to break in a programmed manner in the event of impacts following falls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Alpinestars Research SRL
    Inventors: Giovanni Mazzarolo, Colin Ballantyne
  • Patent number: 8834394
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a device for reducing brain and cervical spine injury includes a headpiece sufficiently designed to secure to a user's head, the headpiece having a first attachment member; a support harness sufficiently designed to secure to the user's torso, the support harness having a second attachment member; and a telescoping member having a main tube and a series of progressively smaller diameter tubes nested within each other, wherein the smaller diameter tubes are adapted to extend and compress in a linear plane by the intake and outflow of fluid, wherein the telescoping member has a first engaging member for engaging the first attachment member, and wherein the telescoping member has a second engaging member for engaging the second attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jamshid Ghajar
  • Publication number: 20140245529
    Abstract: New spine-protecting motoring and sports equipment and apparel are provided. In some aspects of the invention, variably-joined pivoting and sliding members with both overall and local pivoting-speed and/or range-limits pivot about central points, lines and/or curves, which approximates the rotational center line of a user's spine, spinal cord or points of optimal flex reduction for a wearer's safety. Aiding in creating pivot-points and/or pivot lines are external body-holding extensions, connected to at least some of the pivoting and sliding members (a.k.a., “brace sections”). In one preferred embodiment, a torso-gripping jacket implements the above-described aspects, and a top-most member, linked with the other members, rotates more greatly and variably interlocks with rigid slot in the rear base of a specialized protective helmet, protecting the user's neck from breaking in a crash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20140196203
    Abstract: A silent fastener includes generally flat first and second tuck tabs flexibly connected to a first element to be connected, positionable to form a narrow V-shape or U-shape when viewed from the side, and insertable through at least one slit in an outer surface of a second element to be connected, into internal cavities within first and second portions, respectively, folded or bent in the V- or U-shape, and the second element being unfoldable or bendable to frictionally hold the tuck tabs in the cavities for connecting the elements, and the first element being further securable over one of the portions in a hairpin configuration with the received tuck tab, to further hold the tuck tabs, the tuck tabs being removable by returning the second element to the V- or U-shape. The tuck tabs being tensionable to increase the holding strength and snug the elements about a carried object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: FirstSpear, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Cole, Jon Laplume
  • Publication number: 20140173817
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: DREXEL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: SORIN SIEGLER, MARY MILONE, YOGANAND GHATI
  • Publication number: 20140109304
    Abstract: Protective gear such as a helmet includes an intelligent bracing mechanism such as an intelligent neck bracing mechanism. The intelligent bracing mechanism detects imminent mechanical forces such as impact, shear, and rotational forces and stiffens the bracing mechanism so that forces imparted onto the protective gear can be distributed to one or more other locations. In one example, a sensor detects an imminent mechanical force impact on an outer shell of a helmet and stiffens a neck brace connected to the helmet to distribute some of the energy from the impact onto the shoulders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Avery Audrey Kwan, Robert T. Knight
  • Patent number: 8689362
    Abstract: An ultraviolet protective garment is provided for wear to protect the user's neck, chest, upper back, chin, and portions of the shoulders. The sun protective neckwear garment is provided for wear primarily during outdoor activity, wherein the user engages in activity which exposes the user's neck, upper chest, upper back, chin, and shoulders to the ultraviolet rays of the sun whether in hot weather climate or cold weather climate, and can be used during indoor activity, or when a user is driving in a vehicle; and provides a secondary wicking utility. The neckwear garment is a single body tubular unit, with a unique generally ship decanter shape, comprising a chin-collar portion; a neck portion; bib portion having shoulder portions. The neckwear garment is manufactured from flexible, elasticized, fabric with ultraviolet blocking capability. The neckwear garment can reduce the wearer's risk of developing various types of skin damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Patricia A. Lavin
  • Patent number: 8683612
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Patent number: 8661573
    Abstract: A protective liner is described comprising a collar having a main collar portion, a first extension emanating from the main collar portion in a first direction, a second extension emanating from the main collar portion in a second direction opposite to the first direction. Disclosed embodiments may include a chest portion extending from the main collar portion. The protective liner may also include an adjustable releasable fastener for joining the first extension to the second extension. The adjustable releasable fastener may be disposed upon at least one of the first extension and second extension, wherein a material of the protective liner comprises a non-woven, fluid repellent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: IZI Medical Products
    Inventors: Helen Zinreich Shafer, David Alan Zinreich, Douglas Crumb
  • Publication number: 20140020163
    Abstract: A head and neck support (HANS) device comprises a yoke structure having a low collar, a left leg and a right leg extending respectively from a left side and a right side of the low collar, and a tether having a strap coupled to the low collar and a pair of catches connected to two ends of the strap. The low collar is characterized with a distance between a central line of the tether and a top end of each leg, where the distance is less than 70 mm. The catches of the tether are operable to attach to a helmet of the driver so as to engage the low collar with the helmet of the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: HUBBARD DOWNING INC
    Inventors: Mark A. Stiles, James R. Downing
  • Patent number: 8621668
    Abstract: A convertible winter garment converts from a cap or hat configuration to a neck gaiter, face cover, or hand warmer. The garment is a four-edged fabric with two layers such that opposing side edges of the fabric provide openings for insertion of the user's hands between the layers when the garment is used as a hand warmer. A transparent window through one layer of the garment permits observation of a mobile device held between the layers. Clips mounted along the edge opposing the longest edge can be attached to edges of the bill of a baseball cap worn by the user and anchor the garment to the baseball cap. In one embodiment, a bill having view openings is attached to the garment such that it can be used to shield the user's face from either overhead or below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Splitzgear, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jason Nolz
  • Patent number: 8615819
    Abstract: A cervical spine protection device including a lower portion engaged with a user's shoulders, and an upper portion designed for engagement with a user's helmet when an axial force is applied to a portion of the user's helmet, where the upper portion has an opening at the rearward facing side of a user's body. The device further includes a middle portion disposed between the lower portion and the upper portion, and an inside portion shaped to fit around a user's neck. The axial force applied to the top portion of the user's helmet is at least partially absorbed by the cervical spine protection device and at least partially directed away from a cervical spinal column of the user by the cervical spine protection device. The cervical spine protection device allows extension of the head and neck during athletic movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick E. Kerr
  • Publication number: 20130276213
    Abstract: An airbag (20) for protecting the head of a user in case of an accident is hereby presented. The airbag comprises an inflatable inner bag (21, 40, 50, 60) surrounded by an outer bag (22), wherein the structure of the outer bag (22) defines the shape of the airbag (20) when the inner bag (21) is inflated, and wherein said inner bag (21, 40, 50, 60) comprises a plurality of elongate first chambers (28, 29, 210, 211, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 65, 66, 69, 610, 611, 612, 613, 614), each of which elongate first chambers forms a head protective part when inflated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: HOVDING SVERIGE AB
    Inventors: Dick Olsson, Ulf Sellergren
  • Patent number: 8561217
    Abstract: A protective helmet, which includes a motion restrictor device, is disclosed which has at least one strut member associated with the helmet and a harness assembly, and the at least one strut member includes a locking assembly associated with the strut member, which upon a predetermined force being sensed by a force sensor or a predetermined amount of or rate of acceleration being sensed by an acceleration sensor, stops substantially all relative motion between the ends of the strut member and the predetermined force is substantially transferred from the helmet to the harness assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventors: Scott W. Nagely, Ian D. Kovacevich, Christopher R. Hoy
  • Publication number: 20130239310
    Abstract: A survivability and safety unit (also referred to as a safety unit) can be worn in high contact activities to minimize injuries and help prevent quadriplegic injuries and concussions. The safety unit of the present invention provides synthetic muscle and skeleton frame, strength and resistance enhancement. The safety unit of the present invention can replicate muscle and bone function as a kinematic device. It can withstand high velocity impacts, it dampens the impact load and extends the shock absorption distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Charles Flug
  • Patent number: 8528113
    Abstract: A cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Drexal University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Publication number: 20130219601
    Abstract: A protective liner is described comprising a collar having a main collar portion, a first extension emanating from the main collar portion in a first direction, a second extension emanating from the main collar portion in a second direction opposite to the first direction. Disclosed embodiments may include a chest portion extending from the main collar portion. The protective liner may also include an adjustable releasable fastener for joining the first extension to the second extension. The adjustable releasable fastener may be disposed upon at least one of the first extension and second extension, wherein a material of the protective liner comprises a non-woven, fluid repellent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: IZI Medical Products
    Inventors: Helen Zinreich Shafer, David Alan Zinreich, Douglas Crumb
  • Publication number: 20130185854
    Abstract: A device for protecting the cervical vertebrae, in sports motorcycle racing and car racing, includes elements suitable for opposing inertia forces due to strong accelerations whereto the individual is subject, prevents harmful stresses to the bony structure, in the normal performance of the races, and minimizes them in the event of an accident. The device includes a support structure, made substantially integral to the pilot's trunk, a helmet, and elements suitable for connecting the helmet to the support so as to restrict the mobility of the helmet with respect to the support, which include a ring element, or collar suitable for quickly connecting the helmet to the support structure, and obtaining a swivel coupling therewith, the reciprocal rotation between the helmet and the support taking place according to an axis that, in the zone of the cervical vertebrae, substantially coincides with the physiological axis of rotation of the cervical vertebrae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: MAKO SHARK S.R.L.
    Inventor: Federico Bonomelli
  • Patent number: 8484768
    Abstract: A neck brace (10) comprises an impact surface (39,55) adjacent the neck of a wearer of the brace (10) that it is spaced from a helmet (42) and that is configured to limit movement of the helmet by contacting an underside (46) of the helmet, a bearing surface (15,35) bearing on the wearer's body; and a resilient structure (12) between the impact surface (39,55) and the bearing surface (15,35) for transferring impact loads from the helmet (42) on the impact surface, to the wearer's body via the bearing surface. The brace (10) further includes restraining means (58) that is attachable to the rear of the structure (12) with a releasable clip mechanism (66) and to the helmet (42) to inhibit movement of the helmet. The restraining means is in the form of a tether (58) that is attached to the helmet (42) at two spaced locations and that passes with clearance through an aperture in an anchor element (62,64), to allow the helmet (42) to be moved freely while the tether (58) slides through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Xceed Holdings CC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Leatt, MarK E. Hopkins, Grant L. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8468614
    Abstract: A fluid container carrying device including a back piece and a front piece forming a pocket having an opening for receiving and holding a fluid container, wherein the fluid container carrying device further including a first strap provided with a first fastener for fastening to a first side portion of a neck protection device, a second strap provided with a second fastener for fastening to a second side portion of the neck protection device, and a fastening means arranged on the back piece of the pocket for fastening to a rear lower member of the neck protection device. The present invention also relates to a neck protection device provided with such a fluid container carrying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: USWE Sports AB
    Inventor: Karl-Johan Engdahl
  • Patent number: 8468613
    Abstract: The invention further provides a device to protect the neck and the base of the skull of a person, the device comprises an impact-resistant substrate and a helmet. The impact-resistant pliable substrate is adapted to encircle an extended portion of the person's neck and lower cranium. The helmet is configured to cover the skull of the person, except for the occipital region of the skull. The helmet is adapted to receive the first impact-resistant pliable substrate such that the substrate substantially covers the occipital region of the skull and cervical vertebra of wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Robert D. Harty
  • Publication number: 20130152288
    Abstract: A cervical spine protection device including a lower portion engaged with a user's shoulders, and an upper portion designed for engagement with a user's helmet when an axial force is applied to a portion of the user's helmet, where the upper portion has an opening at the rearward facing side of a user's body. The device further includes a middle portion disposed between the lower portion and the upper portion, and an inside portion shaped to fit around a user's neck. The axial force applied to the top portion of the user's helmet is at least partially absorbed by the cervical spine protection device and at least partially directed away from a cervical spinal column of the user by the cervical spine protection device. The cervical spine protection device allows extension of the head and neck during athletic movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 8443468
    Abstract: The present invention is a collar/harness worn to protect the cervical spine of an active participant when force is applied that would otherwise cause hyperextension, abnormal movement or position, or compression that results in injury, the device (collar-harness) is worn on the shoulders with an anterior (chest interface) portion and a posterior (back interface) portion such that a removable, adjustable coil interfaces with a helmet and the collar via attachment platforms arrayed at the angle of the mandible on either side and at the base of the head to prevent compression and hyperextensions of the cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Matthew Alan Minson
  • Patent number: 8439042
    Abstract: A neck brace has two legs with a gap between them and the legs extend on either side of the wearer's neck and along the front of his torso. Shoulder protuberances, and chest protuberances extending laterally from each leg, are received underneath the shoulder straps of a harness, in the region of the wearer's shoulders and chest, respectively. A recess is defined on an underside of each leg between the shoulder protuberance and the chest protuberance to form a beam that is elevated above the wearer's chest. Each leg and its associated chest protuberance, define a channel in which one of the shoulder straps of the harness is receivable to be held captive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher James Leatt, Mark Eric Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20130102941
    Abstract: A neck collar interfacing with a lower edge of a helmet of a wearer. The collar includes a pad and a shell. The pad is formed of a closed-cell foam material and forms a loop to be secured about the neck of the wearer. A plurality of shell components are secured to portions of the upper face of the pad. The shell is more rigid than the pad to spread the energy of impact with a lower edge of the helmet over a larger region of the pad. The shell and pad each include a chest portion having a split for opening the pad for putting the collar on and taking it off. The shell components are discontinuous at at least one lateral portion of the pad to allow flexibility of the pad for separation of the pad at the split.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Guido Rietdyk
  • Publication number: 20130086734
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: DREXEL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: SORIN SIEGLER, MARY MILONE, YOGANAND GHATI
  • Patent number: 8397316
    Abstract: An article of protective clothing includes a strip of multilayered flexible material adapted to be wrapped entirely around a wearer's neck to form a collar therearound. The multilayered flexible material comprises an interior layer of cut-resistant fabric disposed within a cover of wicking fabric. The strip includes a layer of memory foam attached to a medial portion thereof and an adjustable fastener disposed coextensively over opposite short edges thereof to adjust a diametric size of the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventors: Wayne R. Rosen, Scott Valency
  • Patent number: 8393017
    Abstract: An apparatus to be worn on an individual's shoulders, chest and back below a full face helmet to limit the occurrence of cervical spinal cord injuries in the event of a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Brady Sheren Designs Inc.
    Inventor: Brady Sheren
  • Publication number: 20130055492
    Abstract: A neck protection collar for protecting the neck of a user has a collar portion that substantially wraps, supports and surrounds the neck of a user. A neck protection portion extends up a rearward portion of the collar to protect the neck and part of the cranium and is substantially covered with a hook and loop fastener portion. A complimentary hook and loop portion is disposed on the inside portion of a helmet to allow the neck protection collar to be removably attached therein. The hook and loop portion substantially covers most of the neck protection portion to provide enhanced structural stability to the neck and spine of the user. This protects the user from impact, shear and compression forces that cause serious damage. The neck protection collar is made from energy absorbing materials such as high density foam or memory foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Abbas M. Husain
  • Patent number: 8382692
    Abstract: A spine and neck support device adapted to support the anatomical structures in the cervical and upper thoracic spine when the user's neck is in flexion. A cushion conforms about the user's anatomical neck structures and rests on the upper chest of the user. The cushion has a chin support area that avoids contacting the user's chin when the user's head is in a neutral position and contacts the user's chin when the user's neck is in flexion. When the user's neck is flexed and the user's chin contacts the chin support area, the cushion unloads and supports the user's neck. At least one and preferably two straps are attached to the cushion and secure it to the user. The top is sloped downwards from back to front to maximize the user's downward field of vision. A groove in the posterior surface of the cushion accommodates the user's trachea/esophagus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: John Chao
  • Publication number: 20130036538
    Abstract: An apparatus to be worn on an individual's shoulders, chest and back below a full face helmet to limit the occurrence of cervical spinal cord injuries in the event of a crash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Brady Sheren
  • Patent number: 8370968
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cervical protective device that reduces the possibility of neck injuries in contact sports. In a preferred embodiment, this device is worn in conjunction with a football helmet and football shoulder pads. Without restricting normal movement of a football player, the device contacts the lower most parts of the sides of the helmet and has a shape that is molded as to the normal anatomy of the upper back and lower cervical spine. The device contacts the lower sides of the player's neck and is held in place by the shoulder pads as normally worn by football players. Force received at the top of the helmet is applied to the protective device, absorbed by compression elements contained within the protective device and the force is directed away from the cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 8341770
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Patent number: 8321965
    Abstract: A head and neck protector for use by a race car or other driver includes a yoke which is mounted on the shoulders of the driver, and a helmet which is mounted on a portion of the yoke extending around the sides and back of the driver's neck. The helmet is securely latched to the yoke to prevent rotation of the helmet relative to the yoke. The interior volume of the helmet is sufficiently large that the driver can freely move his or her head without corresponding movement of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: James Newman