The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), an independent and nonprofit standards development body, works to enhance athletic safety through scientific research and the creation of performance standards for athletic equipment, including football helmets and face guards. NOCSAE standards are constantly being updated to reflect the latest science, technology and medicine. Download a list of NOCSAE certified equipment here.
Since 2011, Virginia Tech researchers have provided unbiased helmet ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets. The helmet ratings are the culmination of over 10 years of research on head impacts in sports and identify which helmets best reduce concussion risk. This work is done as part of Virginia Tech’s service mission and is 100% independent of any funding or influence from helmet manufacturers.
A total of 26 varsity football helmets, 29 youth football helmets, and 22 flag football headgear have been rated using the STAR evaluation system. The impact tests evaluate a helmet's ability to reduce linear and rotational acceleration of the head resulting from a range of head impacts a football player might see on the field. Helmets with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk for these impacts compared to helmets with less stars.
The NFL’s Play Football initiatives provide a fun and engaging experience for players of all ages and skill levels, equipping young people with vital, transferable life skills that are building blocks to success in life on and off the field.
Parents play an important role in setting kids up for success on and off the football field. From best practices on nutrition and staying hydrated, to tips to working with coaches, learn how to help your kids get the most out of their playing experience.
As leaders, coaches are responsible for teaching players the values of football that extend beyond the field. From tips on communicating with both parents and players to the NFL Way to Play, explore resources to help build your coaching style.
The best football coaches in the world know the Way to Play. Watch as they share proven fundamental football concepts, best coaching practices and advice on how to coach each position on the field. Use these videos to build a coaching style, set standards for young players and more.
Learn from some of the best to ever play the game. Current players and NFL Legends share tips and advice on proper nutrition, physical preparation and maintaining offseason fitness.
The weekly NFL Way to Play High School Award celebrates the best examples of playing technique from high school players around the country.
Coaches, do you have a player that exemplifies the NFL Way to Play and deserves to be recognized? Fill out the form and submit their names for the running.
Keeping active while social distancing is an important part of staying home and staying strong. With Way to Play virtual workout videos, trainings for ages 14 and up can be done anywhere at home and without much equipment.