Effective Sept. 1, National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) members will not recondition or recertify any football helmet 10 years of age or older.
NAERA announced today the new 10-year policy adopted at its recent winter meeting. The 10 years shall be determined by the manufacturers date as required by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).
For example, at the end of this upcoming 2011 football season, any helmet dated 2002 or older will not be reconditioned or recertified by a NAERA member.
NAERA is an association of 21 athletic equipment reconditioners and four helmet manufacturers whose mission is to increase awareness and acceptance of high-quality athletic equipment reconditioning and recertification. Emphasis is directed toward reducing the risk of injury.
NAERA members are licensed by NOCSAE to recertify football, lacrosse, softball and baseball helmets as well as face guards. NAERA members reconditioned or recertified more than 1.7 million helmets last year.