Will the headband prevent a concussion?
No. No headgear in the world can prevent a concussion. Not even a hockey helmet. Headgear cannot stop your brain from moving inside your head, hitting your scull from the inside. The risk of a concussion has to do, primarily, with how much force there is at the point of impact. Hidden inside every Forcefield™ headband is a patented pliable polymer layer engineered to absorb and spread out the force of an impact. Forcefield™ headbands absorb a significant amount of the force, so less impact force reaches your head. The risk of injury is less because the amount of force reaching your head is less, as it is with the design of all protective headgear.
Can I wear the headband instead of a helmet?
No. You wear ForceField Protective Headgear™ when a helmet is not the best option, when you’d ordinarily wear a sweatband or headband or nothing at all. ForceField Protective Headgear™ is not a replacement for a helmet and is not for use in any collision sport or any other activity like cycling where protective headgear is already standard equipment. Goalies, jockeys and umpires do wear ForceField Protective Headgear™ under their helmets for added protection.
What is a CE II certification mark?
(EU) CE II is an internationally recognized and Canadian sanctioned certification mark for headgear used in non-helmeted, non-collision sports and activities. The II in CE II means the safety of the protective component of the product is certified by an accredited organization to perform as claimed: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF HEAD INJURIES BY SIGNIFICANTLY ABSORBING AND DISSIPATING FORCE FROM AN IMPACT AND THEREBY REDUCING THE SEVERITY OF THE IMPACT. By way of comparison, Z262.1 is a Canadian certification standard for ice hockey helmets.
Before you purchase any headgear, you are responsible for ensuring it has a certification mark for the level of protection you need. Certification marks are your assurance of thorough testing to ensure both a high level of safety and product quality.
Can I take more risks because I don’t have to worry about the effect of a hit to my head as much?
No. When you wear ForceField Protective Headgear™ you have thought about the risks associated with your activity and choose to take steps to protect yourself. Wearing ForceField Protective Headgear™ is one important step.
There are many more things you can do to minimize your risk of injury. We encourage everyone to discuss the topic with your coach and also visit Parachute1. They are national experts with suggestions covering many sports and activities (click here).
ForceField Protective Headgear™ does not make it safe to play fearlessly.
When can I use ForceField Protective Headgear™ ?
You can use ForceField Protective Headgear™ whenever there is a risk of a fall or a hit to the head and protective headgear is not standard equipment.
Both styles comply with FIFA law 4 for protective headgear. The product was created for soccer and is used in many non-collision sports, leisure activities and medical applications.
Forcefield Protective Headgear™ is NOT designed to be worn where protective headgear, like a helmet, is already standard equipment.
Can I wear my ForceField under a hat, cap, hood, earmuffs, scarf, or bandana?
Yes. Toques, knit caps, hoods, earmuffs, headbands, hats that stretch or scarves, bandanas and coverwraps are all fine to wear over the ForceField™ headband. The protective material of the headband will remain right against your head; the protective quality of the product remains intact.
Why are the .ca prices higher than the .com prices for the same product?
You actually save $5 – $10 buying from the .ca website. Here’s why.
Canadian .ca prices are $29.95 and $34.95. If you buy from the US, your price would be $36.45 and $45.29 (in Canadian dollars). Before taxes and shipping which you have to pay in either case. Here is the math.
$15 * exchange rate 1.431 = CAN $21.45 + Canada Post $9.952 + Duty up to 5.053 = $36.45 + HST/GST + PST (British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec or Saskatchewan)
$20 * exchange rate 1.431 = CAN $28.60 + Canada Post $9.952 + Duty up to 6.743 = $45.29 + HST/GST + PST (British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec or Saskatchewan)
1Parachute is a relatively new, national charitable organization who’s mandate is to prevent injuries and save lives. Parachute is the amalgamation of four, 20 year old organizations: ThinkFirst Canada, Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada and Smart Risk.
Forcefield™ supports Parachute concussion awareness and prevention initiatives by distributing Parachute information to Canadian students, parents, teachers, players and coaches.