A breakthrough piece of equipment designed for athletes in high-impact sports that helps to reduce forces contributing to whiplash and concussion
WATERLOO, Ontario – August 7, 2018 – AEXOS (Advanced Exoskeletal Systems) today announces the launch of HALO™ – a compression shirt designed to perform like equipment by reducing whiplash motion of the head and neck during high-speed impacts found in contact sports. The advanced base layer provides spinal and postural support that works with the natural movements of an athlete, without affecting range of motion or mobility.
HALO incorporates smart materials that are engineered to respond during impact. The core technology behind HALO allows the shirt’s collar to stiffen during high speed, abrupt head movement, improving neck stability and reducing casual factors of whiplash injury and concussion.
Unlike other sports equipment that protects against impact to the head (i.e. padded helmets), AEXOScreated HALO as a means of improving the body’s resistance to whiplash injury, which is well documented as a critical component of concussions.
This innovative technology is exclusive to HALO and has been endorsed by Safe 4 Sports, an organization thatprovides leadership and practical steps toward prevention by empowering sport organizations, administrators, parents, and players to become more aware and more actively involved in the process of making sports safe. HALO is also currently being tested by the Canadian Department of National Defense.
Founders Charles and Rob Corrigan started AEXOS in 2015 when they saw significant advances in material science, and how they could be used to stabilize parts of the body in contact sports. Their combined experiences as athletes with a history of concussion and neck related injuries made it far more personal for the founders. They worked alongside Tactix, a Montreal-based design firm, on the development and final design of HALO and hired Biokinetics, a ballistics testing facility in Ottawa, and researchers at the University of Waterloo to validate and quantify the performance of HALO.
“We’ve spent the last three years developing HALO to create lightweight, high-performance protection for athletes that is unlike anything else available today,” said Charles Corrigan, CEO of AEXOS. “The result is a whole new approach to protecting athletes in a way that wasn’t possible a few years ago.”
Advanced Exoskeletal Systems (AEXOS) is a design and technology company advancing anatomical support in a wide range of applications. Founded in 2015 by Charles and Rob Corrigan, AEXOS’ goal is to design biomechanically assistive technology that allows wearers to continue challenging physical limits while simultaneously reducing risk of injury, stress, and strain on the body. For more information on AEXOS, please visit www.aexos.ca.