TODAY’S PATENT – NECK ROLL APPARATUS AND METHOD
The Neck Roll Apparatus and Method was invented by Edwin A. Higby (Cedar City, UT), G. Weston Meier (Salt Lake City, UT), Breck D. Fife (Salt Lake City, UT) on the 3rd of October, 1989, bearing patent number US4870705A.
This invention relates to a novel neck roll apparatus and method for protecting the neck of a sports participant by reducing the tendency for injury from forces which tend to force the neck backwardly beyond its normal range of motion. The neck roll is designed as a resilient roll of material worn across the back of the neck and is held in place by straps that pass on each side of the neck and are joined adjacent the middle of the torso. The ends of the straps are joined at a point above the navel of the player and include grommets which adapt the straps to being releasably laced to a shoulder pad assembly. It is, therefore, a primary object of this invention to provide improvements in neck protective apparatus. It is another object of this invention to provide improvements in the method for protecting the neck of a sports participant against injury by supplying the sports participant with a neck roll.