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INNOVATIONS
INNOVATION
in athletics
Introducing the latest and greatest products that
can change your sports program
By Kevin Hoffman, Editorial Director
It's impossible these days to run an athletic program
without integrating some form of technology. From tablets
to wearables, innovative products give teams an edge by
providing valuable insight on player performance and team
optimization.
For Coach & Athletic Director's fifth annual innovations
issue, we examined nearly 100 products designed to help
athletic administrators, strength professionals, athletic
trainers and sport coaches. In the end, we chose eight that
displayed a unique or creative ability to help teams, protect
athletes or manage programs.
Here are our picks for the year's top innovations.
See the Taking on Tech article on
pg. 38 to learn how you can build a plan to
implement new devices and software into
your athletic program.
Force3 Pro Gear
The Force3 Defender Mask is a patented spring-loaded catching mask that's
changing the game. It's designed to absorb the impact from balls, protecting
catchers and home plate umpires against head injuries.
The Defender Mask features Force3's patented shock suspension system, which
is comprised of three sets of double springs that are lightweight and designed to
withstand 100-mph impacts from baseballs and softballs. The Defender Mask
comes equipped with Force3's proprietary padding system compromised of
DuPont Kevlar, EVA foam, and memory foam to provide exceptional comfort and
protection. It's available in both traditional and hockey style.
The Force3 Defender Mask is the only mask on the market featuring
Force3's patented shock suspension system technology. Independent testing
concluded that the suspension system technology reduces frontal impact forces
in most cases. The hockey-style Defender Mask meets NOCSAE standards.
MLB catchers Tyler Flowers and Yasmani Grandal are part owners of
Force3, and the mask is growing in popularity among professional catchers.
Learn more at www.force3progear.com.
24 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019
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