NOCSAE Standards

The following are two ground-breaking NOCSAE performance standards that will go into effect in 2018 and 2019:

  • The world’s first chest protector performance standard for commotio cordis for baseball and lacrosse. Learn more here.
  • NOCSAE’s revised football helmet performance standard. This is the first standard to limit rotational forces involved in many concussions. Manufacturers will be required to meet the revised standard in 2019. Read more here.
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September 17, 2018
NOCSAE Standards Committee Establishes New Effective Date for Revised Football Helmet Standard

A priority focus for NOCSAE has been the development of a football helmet standard to limit rotational accelerations involved in many concussions. The revised football helmet standard, which was finalized in 2017, utilizes a complex software program to collect helmet performance data during pneumatic ram testing. On June 15, 2018, the software developer advised NOCSAE […]

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August 14, 2018
NOCSAE Standards Committee Votes to Revise Standard, Establishes New Effective Date

On August 14, 2018, in a public online meeting, the NOCSAE Standards Committee voted to revise the pneumatic ram testing standard (section 6.12 of ND081) as presented in the redline version, and established an effective date of Nov. 1, 2019 for standard ND081-18am18. Objections to the vote of the committee may be recorded for 30 […]

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July 2, 2018
NOCSAE Summer Standards Meeting Update: Revised Football Helmet Standard Effective Date Moved to May 2019

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (July 2, 2018) – The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) met in San Diego on June 22 to advance athletic equipment safety standards. The NOCSAE Scientific Advisory Committee shared an update on current research studies designed to inform criteria for a youth specific football helmet standard, NOCSAE’s Executive […]

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NOCSAE is an independent and nonprofit standards development body with the sole mission to enhance athletic safety through scientific research and the creation of performance standards for athletic equipment.

NOCSAE Board Updates

In Memoriam

John Miller, M.D., a long-standing board member and past president of NOCSAE, died on June 27, 2018. Miller, a former director of the Indiana University Student Health Service who also worked for Indiana University as a physician, director of sports medicine, and professor of kinesiology, attended NOCSAE meetings as a representative for the American College […]

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Upcoming Meetings

Winter Standards Committee Meeting
Phoenix, AZ
February 1, 2019
Summer Standards Committee Meeting
Boston, MA
July 26, 2019