Dr. Novicky received his Doctorate of Chiropractic in August of 1994. In 1995 he opened Novicky Chiropractic Inc. in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Over the next three years he noticed a trend occurring in his office that started to appear more frequently around the middle of July each year. Football players were complaining of headaches, dizziness, sound and light sensitivity, all of what we know today as concussion symptoms. Upon questioning these athletes Dr. Novicky noticed one common factor that all of these athletes had and it was that they were receiving helmet-to-helmet impacts on a regular basis.
He began to research how concussions were becoming an epidemic with athletes who played collision sports, in this case, football. He became very inquisitive and began a journey to develop a device that would help any athlete who wore a helmet on their head. In 2010 the first Shockstrip prototype was developed.
Shockstrip is often compared to a "bumper" that goes on the outside of the helmet. Since 2011, over 750 youth, high school and semi-professional football players have benefited from the use of Shockstrip in over 15,000 games. In September 2012, the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) released an official ruling that Shock Strip could be worn by any and all high school football players across the country. In April of 2014, Shockstrip was granted a United States patent.