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A Youngstown doctor, who created the Shockstrip, gave the Valley a chance to see just how well his product works.
Dr. Steven Novicky hosted a game on Saturday featuring two hard-hitting, semi-pro football teams, the New York’s Finest and the Cleveland Warriors at Warren G. Harding’s Mollenkopf Stadium.
The Finest already started using Shockstrip, which is a special pad for football helmets to decrease the chances of head injuries. They are the first semi-pro team in the United States to wear the devices.
“It’s definitely proven to make the game a little safer for these guys,” said Finest General Manager Anthony Hernandez.
Novicky, a former amateur league football player, developed the pads three years ago after many of his young sports player patients complained of similar symptoms.
“They had headaches and neck aches and neck pains, and ringing in the ear, which now we know are concussion-like symptoms,” said Novicky.
New York’s Finest decided to give the product a try after much research and good reports from other teams. They’ve seen a huge difference.
“Guys are being able to get right up after a hard hit, not having headaches,” said Hernandez.
Players feel it’s a proactive product.
“For doctors to be that involved and wanting to see us perform at our best. And being healthy and being proactive and making sure if something does happen, they can look at it right away. It’s great,” said Rahkim Fareaux.
Player LeVar Stockton agreed,”I actually have taken a few hits to the head and I feel fine. I definitely feel more protection.”
Twenty-eight teams in 13 states now use Shockstrips. Dr. Novicky hopes to see his invention make it to NFL.