144 : Cutting Edge Football Shoulder Pad Technology w/ XTECH President, Bob Broderick

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In week two of my senior season, I separated my shoulder when I tried to run over a linebacker (like any typical caveman would). I continued to play through that injury and as a result, began to favor my opposite shoulder. Not surprisingly, I ended up with two bum shoulders and was forced to initiate contact with my head. Looking back, the whole rationale sounds ridiculous and idiotic, but with an underdeveloped frontal lobe, football glory preceded everything. Recently I have began to think that with all the attention paid to head injuries in football (and rightfully so), we are forgetting about the other injuries common to the sport.

Bob Broderick began his career in sports at the ripe age of fourteen, as a ball boy and part-time assistant in the New York Giants equipment department. While working in sports media and marketing, Bob teamed up with Ted Monica who has been an innovator in protective equipment design and manufacturing for nearly three decades . Together they formed XTECH Protective Equipment, which is winning over the preferences of professional and college football players.

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Below are some topics we touch on throughout the interview:

  • Dichotomy of an athlete’s heightened body awareness and lack of knowledge about their shoulder pads.

  • Why football players generally have no idea what they were wearing (shoulder pads) in regard to brand, style and size.

  • Why players should better educate themselves on their equipment (shoulder pads cover 65% of your upper torso).

  • Why taking the head out of the game adds more stress on the shoulders.

  • Technology used by XTECH

  • The design doesn’t just have safety in mind.

  • Overcoming the mindset that thicker is better when it comes to foam padding.

  • How the pads aim to address clavicle injuries like Aaron Rodgers’

  • How medical history goes into fitting a player for pads

“For whatever reason when it comes to shoulder pads…There’s no rules".”

  • There are no standards for shoulder pads unlike helmets.

  • The lack of innovation in shoulder pads over the years and why guys are slow to change.

  • Why the design is never complete.

  • The Cover 2 Program that is making the game safer at schools with outdated equipment.

  • Pro’s making the switch to XTECH

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WHERE CAN YOU CONNECT WITH Bob and XTECH?

Website | Twitter

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Week 19 Injury Report : NFL Injuries That Impact Conference Championship Weekend

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After each week of NFL football games for the 2018- 2019 season, the Heads 'N Tales podcast will be posting an episode dedicated to injuries and health & safety topics surrounding the NFL. Specifically we will talk about possible prevention strategies, the rulebook, equipment and other injury buzz around the league.  

The strategist for these episodes will be one of my closest friends, Josh Boyd.  Josh and I grew up playing baseball together. Josh was a division-1 center fielder for Monmouth University and experienced his fair share of injuries throughout his career.  Although Josh never played organized football, the dude flat-out knows the game of football and undoubtably knows more about the ins-and-outs of the sport better than I do from both a fan and x's & o's perspective.  

Dr. Wazim Buksh "Waz" is the newest member to the Heads 'N Tales team and has been a long time friend of mine.   Waz will serve as the medical expert in these recordings to give you the most realistic expectations for when your favorite players go down with an injury and what their road to recovery will look like.  Dr. Buksh is board certified in both Internal and Sports Medicine. Waz completed his sports medicine fellowship with the New York Jets medical staff in 2014.

Our intention for these episodes is to spark conversations around topics that are usually brushed under the rug or only minimally covered in the hopes of making football and all sports safer for the athletes who play them.  

You are currently looking at the show notes for Week 19 of the 2018 season!

Injuries that Impact Conference Championship Playoffs Games:

1/20 Rams vs. Saints (3:05 PM)

Divisional Round Game : Cowboys 22 - Rams 30

  • No notable injuries.

  • The emergence of Rams RB CJ Anderson and how an injury led to his opportunity.

Divisional Round Game : Eagles 14 - Saints 20

  • Eagles Injuries:

    • Brandon Brooks, RG, Achilles

  • Saints Injuries:

  • Sheldon Rankins, DT, Achilles

  • Saints OL still banged up, but all will most likely play.

1/20 Patriots vs. Chiefs (Sunday 6:40 PM)

Divisional Round Game : Colts 13 - Chiefs 31

  • Chiefs Injuries:

    • Sammy Watkins, WR, Foot (played and felt good after game)

      • First Game since week 11 (played 92% of snaps)

  • Eric Berry, S, Heel (Did not play)

  • Spencer Ware, RB

    • DNP vs Colts, Questionable again for this week

Divisional Round Game Patriots 41 - Chargers 28

Patriots Injuries:

  • Will travel to KC almost fully healthy with no major question marks as we speak.

  • Tom Brady Apparently played through MCL injury since Week 10

  • Gronk Retirement talk, adapting his role in the run game.

Chargers Injuries:

  • Adrian Phillips, S, Arm Injury

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Week 18 Injury Report : Playoff Injuries Gone Wild & Allen Hurns’ Ankle

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After each week of NFL football games for the 2018- 2019 season, the Heads 'N Tales podcast will be posting an episode dedicated to injuries and health & safety topics surrounding the NFL. Specifically we will talk about possible prevention strategies, the rulebook, equipment and other injury buzz around the league.  

The strategist for these episodes will be one of my closest friends, Josh Boyd.  Josh and I grew up playing baseball together. Josh was a division-1 center fielder for Monmouth University and experienced his fair share of injuries throughout his career.  Although Josh never played organized football, the dude flat-out knows the game of football and undoubtably knows more about the ins-and-outs of the sport better than I do from both a fan and x's & o's perspective.  

Dr. Wazim Buksh "Waz" is the newest member to the Heads 'N Tales team and has been a long time friend of mine.   Waz will serve as the medical expert in these recordings to give you the most realistic expectations for when your favorite players go down with an injury and what their road to recovery will look like.  Dr. Buksh is board certified in both Internal and Sports Medicine. Waz completed his sports medicine fellowship with the New York Jets medical staff in 2014.

Our intention for these episodes is to spark conversations around topics that are usually brushed under the rug or only minimally covered in the hopes of making football and all sports safer for the athletes who play them.  

You are currently looking at the show notes for Week 18 of the 2018 season!

Injuries that Impact Divisional Round Playoffs:

Colts @ Chiefs (Saturday 4:35 pm)

Indianapolis Colts: Mike Mitchell, S, Strained Calf, IR (Re-aggravated injury)

Kansas City Chiefs: Sammy Watkins, WR, Foot

Kansas City Chiefs: Spencer Ware, RB, Hamstring

Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, S, Heel

Cowboys @ Rams (Saturday 8:15 pm)

Dallas Cowboys: Allen Hurns, WR, Ewwww (Out)

Dallas Cowboys: Cole Beasley, WR, Ankle

Los Angeles Rams: Todd Gurley, RB, Knee (will play)

Chargers @ Patriots (Sunday 1:05 pm)

Los Angeles Chargers: Hunter Henry, TE, Knee (Tore ACL in May)

New England Patriots: Devin McCourty, S, Concussion

New England Patriots: Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Knee (Week 16)

Eagles @ Saints (4:40 pm)

Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Wallace, WR, Leg

  • Hasn’t played since week 2

New Orleans Saints: Offensive line

RG Larry Warford (knee),

LT Terron Armstead (shoulder)

Backup LT Jermon Bushrod (hamstring)

Dicsussion on Bears Place kicker Cody Parkey:

#NFLWayToPlay Player of the Week 17:

#NFLWayToPlay Player of the Week (Wild Card):

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