TODAY’S PATENT – FOOTBALL HELMET WITH CHEEK SUPPORTS
This invention is created by Robert Erb (Plandome, NY), Louis Anthony Vanhoutin (Iuka, IL), Cortney Warmouth (Edwardsville, IL) having patent no. US10258098B2. The patent has been registered with USPTO on April 16th ,2019.
According to the subject technology, cheek supports in the form of extended cheek pads, as described herein, are attached to the shell of a football helmet to improve retention of the helmet on the wearer’s head during collisions and provide further protection to the cheek area. Each cheek support is attached to an earflap of the helmet shell and comprises an inner plate and an outer brace connected together by fasteners passing through holes formed in the earflaps. The inner plate and outer brace have a lower contour which preferably conforms to the contour of the earflaps. The inner plate has an integral cheek extension which extends beyond the edge of the earflap to at least partially overlay the area of the zygomatic bone of the wearer’s skull. Padding is removably attached to the inner surface of the inner plate.
The subject technology, designs for helmet faceguards are disclosed, which may be used in the helmet of the technology in conjunction with cheek supports, or in other football helmets or helmets for other sports.