Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the NFL has been doing everything right. From a virtual draft, to slowly reopening team facilities. Although, they have seen their fair share of positive cases. But today the NFL announced players might be wearing a mouth shield in their helmets.
The shield is created by Oakley, and has been designed by doctors and engineers within the NFL and NFLPA. The purpose is to alleviate the passing of droplets that may lead to Covid-19. The NFL expects the guard to be sent out to all 32 teams over next week.
When the shield arrives to the teams, it will be tested in a much greater manner. This is good news for the NFL, who is still hoping for a season. However, the shield is currently undergoing safety protocols.
The mouth guard uses Oakley’s Prizm Lens Technology, which is used by skiers and military personnel. The guard is made up of plastic sheets that extend down and attach to the face guard. There are also airways and openings, although none of these would allow the transmission of droplets.
The NFL has already sent the mouth guard to the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. Some concerns came up during the creation of the shield like visibility and breathability. However, NFL safety regulators assure players it is safe.
Houston Texans All-Star defensive lineman, J.J. Watt has been against wearing a face mask, or shield. Although, according to experts, the guards are made for comfort. And quarterbacks who wore the guards were able to call out plays.
The guards, according to Oakley, were highly successful in obstructing the transmission of droplets. The NFL and players should feel reassured, if they are able to play, they will safe. Safer than they were before the face shield.
Source material: ESPN.com, NFL.com