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Shockstrip® Exterior Helmet Pads to be Used by NYPD Finest Football

Finest Becomes First Semi-Professional Team to Wear New Device

Canfield, OH – March 7, 2013:  Shockstrip®, Inc., specialized exterior helmet pads designed to give helmets an added layer of cushion and to reduce forces associated with the impact of helmet-to-helmet contact, will be used this season by NYPD Finest Football, the New York Police Department’s semi-professional football team, the company announced today. Previously, high school athletes across the country on 28 teams in 13 states have utilized the safety pads, which are affixed to the outside of the football helmet. NYPD Finest Football, comprised of former NFL and NCAA athletes, is the first semi-pro team to use the bumper-like device.

Shockstrip®, launched in 2010 by Dr. Steven Novicky, was created as a tool designed to cushion the forces of helmet-to-helmet impacts by decreasing the rate of head acceleration. Made of the proprietary AKTON® Xi75 polymer, a medical grade material with the primary function of absorption, deflection and sound deadening from helmet collisions, Shockstrips are similar to auto bumpers providing added safety to passengers in a car. Shockstrips can be affixed to the outside of virtually any helmet for extra protection.

“We are thrilled that the NYPD Finest Football Team is taking a leadership role for player safety by using Shockstrips,” said Dr. Novicky, founder and CEO of Shockstrip®, Inc. “High school coaches and teams across the country have used Shockstrips for the past two years and now the New York’s Finest Football team can stand as an example of the importance of proper protection and safety measures, especially for children learning the game of football.”

Shockstrip was first introduced in Ohio and used by high school teams. In 2012, Shockstrips were officially permitted for game day use by U.S. high school football teams by the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS). The ruling is the first ever made by the NFHS to permit use of an external helmet device in sanctioned games.

NYPD Finest Football’s lineup of 70 college and former professional players, all active duty patrol cops, detectives and supervisors, will use Shockstrips on their helmets during the team’s 2013 football season beginning this March.  “The Finest”, one of the nation’s top semi-Pro teams, holds seven NPSFL National Championship titles, and numerous awards.  The team has competed in London, Miami, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston and Phoenix.   

“We promote playing a smarter, safer game of football and lead by example. After researching Shockstrip, then seeing the product being used, and work, it became crystal clear that using Shockstrip is a safety tool that we had to implement. I can’t see any organization, from pee wee to the pros, not putting their players’ safety first. Shockstrip is at the forefront of player safety and has turned their great idea into a reality. They value the importance of player safety just as much as we do, and have done something about it,” said Det. Anthony Hernandez, 13 year veteran of the NYPD and General Manager of the NYPD Finest Football team.

Shockstrip® will also be incorporated into Finest Football’s “Play Smart, Play Safe” youth football initiative launching in April. “Play Smart, Play Safe” will reach over 150 New York City high school football players and will teach these student athletes the fundamentals of football, proper hydration, how to market themselves effectively to college football programs and concussion awareness and prevention.

PLEASE NOTE: 1) No helmet pad can prevent or eliminate the risk of concussions or other serious head injuries while playing sports; 2) Scientists have also not reached agreement on how the results of impact absorption tests relate to concussions; and 3) No conclusions about a reduction of risk or severity of concussive injury should be drawn from impact absorption tests.


The NYPD Finest Football team is a registered 501C3 organization that is comprised of active duty New York City police officers who play football while off duty and raise funds for charity. To date, Finest Football has raised half a million dollars for local and national charities.  Some of the organizations the team supports through contributions and projects are; the Wounded Warrior Project, the Make a Wish Foundation, NYPD Widow and Children’s Fund and the Ronald McDonald House NYC. Players and staff also visit New York City area hospitals delivering mini footballs and coloring books to young patients.  In October 2001, at the invitation of the Walt Disney Corporation, the team conducted a stay-in school football clinic for 120 children-at-risk as part of “Disney’s Global Celebration of Children.” On June 19, 2002 the team was presented with the “Community Partner of the Year” award by the Walt Disney Corporations’ Disney VoluntEARS Program. Learn more at

Founded in 2010, Shockstrip are specialized exterior helmet pads designed to give helmets an added layer of cushion and reduce the impact of helmet-to-helmet contact. While no helmet or device can fully protect against concussions, helmets with Shockstrips have been tested and shown to perform significantly better than helmets without the product.  For additional information about Shockstrips and product demonstration, please visit

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