Technology:

Rethinking science and rethought design

It’s what’s above the neck that counts

The brain is overlooked in sport, with the focus instead below the neck, meaning the most vulnerable and important organ in the body is left unprotected, relatively unchecked and typically only acknowledged after injury.

The brain defines personality, moods, intelligence and memory, the ability to think, process information and make decisions. The brain determines performance in sport, and life.

To protect performance and reduce rotational brain injury and neurodegenerative disease across all sports, teams, players and positions, there is a need to reduce the transmission of rotational forces to the brain.

Rotection® technology is uniquely designed to minimise the transmission of rotational forces to the brain, reducing the risk of a career-ending and/or life-changing concussion and the effects of cumulative trauma to the brain from concussive and sub-concussive impacts.

Professional rugby player - back of head

Rotection® is a design of nine unique individual protective layers that are proven to reduce the transmission of rotational forces to the brain.

Rethinking the science

Rezon’s approach to reducing rotational forces is different to the conventional science used in protective equipment.

Rezon does not focus on linear forces (g-force) reduction, energy dissipation, impact control or shock absorption. Linear forces are direct straight-line forces that compress or stretch the brain within the skull. Linear force reduction is irrelevant and out of date with the latest neurological research on brain trauma.

Rotational forces are the greater risk in sport and more damaging to the brain. Rotational forces twist and shear the brain from concussive and sub-concussive impacts.

Rezon works with the leading global experts in biomechanics, neuroscience and medical leaders in the detection, diagnosis and provision of the latest treatments for conditions affecting the brain, especially in respect to traumatic brain injury in contact sports. Together we have developed the world’s most advanced and technically superior solution to reducing rotational brain injury from concussive and sub-concussive impacts.

Rezon Halos protective layers

Rotection® Technology

Rezon has developed Rotection® technology to reduce the transmission of rotational forces to the brain from concussive and sub-concussive impacts.

Rotection® technology allows for the movement and opposing movement of nine unique protective layers in a “zig-zag” way to absorb up to 30mm of impact, reducing the transmission of rotational forces to the brain, and the wearers’ risk of concussion and sub-concussive brain injury.

Rotection® technology is proven to reduce the transmission of rotational forces by 61%, based on independent testing.

Rotection® is patent pending. UK patent application no.2107882.9. International patent application no. PCT/GB2022/051356.

Rethought design

Rezon has incorporated Rotection® technology into a soft-form sports headband, Halos®. With Halos®, every design principle and every decision is intentional to create the world’s most advanced and technically superior solution to reducing rotational brain injury.

Ergonomic shaping:

Halos® covers those areas of the head with the highest probability of incurring head injuries in contact sport – where 80% of all impacts occur. Halos® provides 53% head coverage across the occipital, temporal, frontal, and sphenoid regions of the skull.

The shape of the Halos® is deliberately engineered to avoid generating false confidence in the wearer (known as the risk compensation theory), and to minimise any negative impact on the performance and playing technique of the wearer, including the power and direction of heading a football. User feedback and reviews highlight that players are oblivious to wearing Halos® during training sessions and matches, this is a deliberate design feature to avoid “risk compensation”.

Game comfort:

Halos® outer layer is a smooth, sleek, high-grade performance fabric in that is water repellent, tear-resistant and repels UV rays. The smooth, skin-like exterior is a deliberate design feature to avoid any creation of rotational force “catch points”.

Note: Scrum caps increase the risk of rotational forces given their padding-shaped design, with the gaps between the foam shapes allowing for increased “catch points” that increase the rotational forces to the brain and increase the risk of rotational brain trauma.

Next to the head, an anti-odour, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic lining provides comfort. In addition, a textured silicone grip layer keeps Halos® securely in place during play, including the heading of a football, or in the scrum and ruck in rugby. The silicone grips also create air channels that facilitate skin cooling, breathability and sweat-wicking.

How do we compare?

Halos® is in a league of its own for brain protection, design and legality.

  Brain Protection Specific Rotational Force Reduction PPE CE* Sport(s) Product Weight Product Thickness
Rezon Halos® (Rotection) Yes Yes: Allows 30mm slippage & 61% rotational force reduction Yes Sport Agnostic 70 grams 9.5mm
N-Pro Scrum Cap (Defentex)
No No No Rugby 190 grams 13mm
Unequel Halo 1 & 2 (Acceleron) No No No Football 178 grams 10mm
HeadStrong Headguard (IMPALT silicone gel) No No No Football 190 grams 8-17-26mm
Storelli Exoshield (Zorbium) No No No Football 116 grams 12mm
Gamebreaker Aura (D30) No No No Sport Agnostic 86 grams 10mm
Mips (world-leading ingredient technology) Yes Yes: Allows 15mm slippage No Helmeted Sports A liner material – Allows 15mm slippage A liner material – Allows 15mm slippage

* Head protection falls into either Category II or Category III Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) certification. It is illegal to place any protective headwear on the UK and European product market for sale without PPE certification. Any person or organisation that claims that protective headwear is Category I PPE or a medical device is incorrect.

Halos® is compared against leading competitor products (as described on their website/product information):

N-Pro, a rugby scrum cap/headguard designed to reduce the linear/ G-Force energy transferred to a player’s head during impact. World Rugby have devised a new five-year Global Law Trial for headgear designed to help reduce head injury risk, N-Pro is the only headguard to be approved for this trial. Irish product.

Unequal Halo 1 and 2, a football (soccer) headband that absorbs and disperses impact shock and reduces acceleration. No detail given on rotational force reduction, with greater focus and explanation on linear force reduction. US product.

Headstrong, a headguard focused on being able to head the ball in football given current calls to reduce and ban heading. The band has no protection on the forehead, and has a liquid gel core at back and sides to better absorb and divert the energy of impact to the head. No detail given on rotational force reduction, with greater focus and explanation on linear force reduction. Danish product.

Storelli, a football (soccer) headguard made from foam that is engineered specially for soccer to reduce g-forces to the head by up to 50%. No detail given on rotational force reduction, with greater focus and explanation on linear force reduction. US product.

Gamebreaker, a football (soccer) headband that can also be used in other sports. No detail given on rotational force reduction, with greater focus and explanation on linear force reduction through D3O® impact protection material. US product.

Mips, a liner material used in 120+ helmet brands that allows a multi-directional movement of 10-15mm on certain angled head impacts to help reduce rotational forces. Swedish product.

Smart as it is simple

At 9.5mm thickness and 70 grams, Halos® is the world’s lightest and thinnest Virginia Tech 5-star rated protective sports headband. Virginia Tech provides ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets and protective headgear on products that lower head acceleration and reduce concussion risk. The ratings and test results are based on more than ten years of research on head impacts in sports and are independent of any influence from manufacturers.

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