Aexos, a Canadian startup founded by two athletes, spent three years working on HALO and even hired a ballistics testing facility to verify its performance. HALO is as fashionable as your average compression shirt, but under the ‘hood’ it’s been specially engineered to minimize the risk of whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a sudden blow to the head makes it jerk either forward or backward; the accompanying impact force can tear muscles in the neck, and concussion often follows. Helmets don’t always prevent concussion because heavy forces can result in rotational movements of the brain and harm nerve tissue, however, HALO could be a game-changer because of its composition.
It’s made of a rate-responsive polymer that becomes rigid whenever the head moves abruptly, and according to Aexos, this would mitigate the stress and fatigue an athlete might typically experience. HALO offers protection in three main ways: neck support, postural support for the upper body, and the reduction of head movement by a significant margin — Aexos claims up to 46 percent. The complete prevention of injuries might not be possible, but HALO could serve as an additional defensive layer for players. It’s already received official endorsement from Safe 4 Sports, a prevention program that promotes safe play in sports.
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