Helmets shell are composed of a poly-carbonate alloy frame but the alloy comes to the factory in the form of small pellets. The factory then melts and molds the pellets to make the actual shell. After the shell drops out of the machine it undergoes a drill that drills 14 to 15 holes in each helmet. Next, the pads are added that are pumped with air according the comfort and stability of the customer upon purchase, other foams or pads can be purchased for extra protection. To make these special pads, a vinyl encasement is filled with the foam and vacuum packed. After the pads are added, a face mask is added to that made out of steel wire and plastic, these masks very in shapes and sizes then leather chin straps are added as well. Finally, the helmets are painted and inspected to workmanship standards and shipped out.
The Los Angeles Rams wore the firsted painted helmets with a graphic on it
The Evolution of The Football Helmet
Now, helmets are much more protective and come in several types and colors
Sales of Football Helmets
The market for football helmets have never been so high since its mass production in 1970 by Steve Riddell. In 2011 alone, Xenith made around $7 million in sales of football helmets alone and they opened in 2009. The market is constantly growing with companies that claim to have the best helmets. These companies have been making profits that go threw the roof. Since 1996, Riddell has made around $72.1 million in sales. This is more than enough proof that the helmet industry is ever growing.