New Jersey Patent of the Month – November 2023

Hummingbird Sports, LLC, a pioneering inventor in sports gear, has been granted a patent for their novel soft, athletic helmet design. Hummingbird was founded to develop athletic products solely for girls. After realizing that most sporting companies only “shrink and pink” their boys’ products for girls, they decided it was time to start building athletic products specifically for girls. With equipment that is comfortable and functional, female athletes can chase their dreams and actively participate in sports.

The headgear, particularly designed for female athletes involved in sports like lacrosse and field hockey, aims to address the inherent vulnerabilities of players by providing specialized head protection that suits the nature of these sports. Notably, these games often involve physical contact, and the absence of adequate protective gear has left athletes susceptible to head injuries. Given the growing awareness of the long-term impact of concussions on athletes, there’s an increasing need for safer equipment.

Hummingbird Sports’ protective headgear has an outer layer made from an elastomeric foam or a molded polymer material. This design aims to combine flexibility and impact resistance. The headgear also includes an inner impact dispersing layer, strategically positioned to absorb forces, with additional impact attenuating pads attached to maximize protection.

A rear closure mechanism allows for an opening at the posterior of the helmet, permitting the athlete’s hair to be accommodated while maintaining the gear’s safety. This innovative aspect ensures comfort and functionality without compromising on protection.

This pioneering development by Hummingbird Sports signifies a step forward in sports equipment innovation. As these sports continue to evolve, this gear presents a crucial advancement that not only enhances safety but also paves the way for a more inclusive and secure future for athletes.

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