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The Concussion Problem in the NFL

The new NFL logo went into use at the 2008 draft.

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During football season fans from around the country gather at sport bars and barbecues to watch their favorite NFL or college team.  It’s safe to say the popularity of professional and college football has grown in recent years. Its popularity is mainly attributed to its violent and exciting nature.

Besides touchdowns, fans love seeing the big hits. The thrill of watching a linebacker brutally tackle an opposing player is one of the main reasons why fans watch the game.  That being said, the violent nature of NFL football is taking a big toll on current and former players.

Today players are bigger, faster, and stronger then ever before. In the NFL today there are over 500 players listed who weigh at least 300 pounds. Getting hit by players that size and weight will certainly increase the chance of injury, especially concussions. A study in 2001 reported that over 61% of former NFL players had concussions during their career. An example is former Dallas Cowboy star Troy Aikman who was forced to retire due to 10 concussions he received throughout his career.

Side effects from concussions and other head injuries include chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). A form of dementia that leads to memory loss and disrupts mental functioning.  The long term consequences of concussions is leading the NFL to look at how to deal with this growing epidemic. A great place to start is with the equipment that NFL players use.

The technology used by the NFL is having a hard time keeping up with the players. The players are hitting harder while the equipment designed to protect them is failing to keep up. Using cushioning systems like the MitiGator which absorbs violent impacts while protecting the subject from external events such as a hit by another player would certainly reduce the chance of a concussion or other head related injures.

The MitiGator would be ideal for NFL helmets since it’s lightweight and can contour to the shape of the helmet while providing maximum protection and comfort. The MitiGator can be applied to other equipment if need be.  Using the right technology is the first step to address this growing health issue that is affecting so many players.  However no matter how much protection a player has, the risk of injury can never be eliminated due to the violent nature  of NFL football.

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Mitigator Going Mainstream

Yes, Mitigator is going mainstream with a whole new set of products aimed at Extreme Sports and Consumer Products.  Keep your eyes wide open ’cause here we COME!

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Mitigator Safety Material Saves Boy from Horrible Crash

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Free-Press-Release.com) August 6, 2010 —
June 23 2010

Mr. Richard McKinney
MitiGator High Impact Cushioning Systems,

As a Father I would like to thank you for your MitiGator High Impact Cushioning System, my son Hunter was fitted at Richardson Racing Products for new custom built seat with the MitiGator High Impact Cushioning System being installed, I see now how that allowed them to build us the best Race seat I have ever seen. I was told of how your MitiGator System works in other race cars and boats along with the ability to protect our soldiers as they use it in the Military Vehicles of all types. I want to let other parents know that if they have a Son or Daughter racing or they race themselves they need to install this product into their seat. It will make any professional racing seat safer and more comfortable. With the introduction to the MitiGator High Impact Cushioning System as Matt at Richardson’s Racing Products installed it at their facility I became a true believer in the ability of how MitiGator would make our new seat the safest seat we could provide him.

Last Monday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway my son Hunter’s new custom racing seat for his Bandolero Race Car was tested as he had the worst crash of his racing career. As he was practicing he came out of the second turn and another car spun-out right in front of him leaving him nowhere to go but hit him hard. Hunter hit him with his car that weighs in at 765 Lbs. creating a violent impact that caused a lot of damage like the following we bent the Rack and Pinion steering which is located in the car and inside the driverscompartment, bent the Spindle and A-Frame, destroyed the front support Horns and Bumper, and completely wiped out the Front body of the Car. But to our surprise Hunter limped the car back to the pits with out as much as having the breathe knocked out of him, it was amazing Hunter said he was held so tight in the seat that he absolutely felt NOTHING except the spoke in the steering wheel snapped back and bruised his hand.

After the night was over I told Todd thank you to for insisting on us installing this amazing safety product into our new custom built Richardson Seat. It is my opinion that the MitiGator should be mandatory in all forms of Racing after seeing it work first hand. Hunter said it was cool he didn’t feel anything but WOW what a difference in crashing a Bando compared to my quarter midgets, the Bandolero hit was the hardest I have ever been in and I am glad to know I am so safe in my car. Hunter thought Matt was cool when he made him a special seat cover that matched his race car but Monday night he was really Glad Matt took the time to fit him and add the MitiGator system to his seat.

Thanks Again,
Donald Richards (Father)
Hunter Richards (Driver)

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Team Mitigator Race Team has a Tough Weekend

Team Mitigator, the maker of Extreme Sports Protection Systems, had a very eventful weekend, just not what we expected.  So the weekend was suppose to be filled with cheers and people having champagne being poured over their heads in victory, but this weekend proved to be, not quite what we had anticipated.  It started off with Team Mitigator’s Auto Racing Team having mechanical problems on Lap 12 with smoke billowing out of the rear of the car.  It was unclear what the problem was and Team Mitigator Car 13 went into the pits to see if they could resolve the issue.  They could not and therefore never made it back out onto the track.

On Sunday, Team Mitigator’s Offshore Racing Team took to the beautiful waters of Miami Beach to continue on with its win out of Maryland.  Warren Miller, Team Mitigator’s Driver/Owner of the Mitigator Boat,  had the boat configured for rough seas and the initial glance at water conditions were that of calm seas which gave some concern to how well Team Mitigator would place.  On Race Day Team Mitigator was heading out to the starting point of the when it was hit by a rough wave which caused water to flow into the exhaust and created what is called a “Hydro Lock”, water flowing into the engine and the engine shutting down.  At first look, it was assumed that the battery had taken a hit and cracked but that was not the case as Warren later found out.  The boat had to be towed in and Team Mitigator was never able to start the race.

In High Performance racing, these land and sea vehicle’s are highly sophisticated and very sensitive pieces of engineering marvels.  The fact that these drivers and their equipment is driven to the edge of their maximum performance, and the constant “tweaking” to get that last bit of horse power out of them, eventually leads to breakdown, it happens with every race team.

So although Team Mitigator had a tough weekend, we would like to thank all the sponsors of the 3rd Annual SIB Offshore Powerboat Challenge.  We will see you next year, same place but with a vengeance in our bones!

HISTORIC MIAMI-BIMINI OCEAN CHALLENGE from Bruno Koplin on Vimeo.

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MitigatorInc makes it to Nascar

MitigatorInc.com makes it to the Legends of Nascar race protecting David Pearson from harms way. Larry Pearson, his son, was in a horrific crash that day, had he been in a Mitigator equipped car, his injuries would have been less severe.

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http://www.MitigatorInc.com

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