DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- SMU has added Kevlar-fortified liners designed to lower the risk of concussions to the inside of its football helmets.
The Mustangs on Tuesday announced a multiyear partnership with Unequal Technologies for the helmet liner and other body protection gear.
SMU is believed to be the first NCAA Division I football program to partner with the company, whose products use a composite fortified with Kevlar and Accelleron to absorb impact forces.
Albert Veytia, SMU's equipment manager, began experimenting with Unequal padding three years ago after the company was responsible for outfitting Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo with protection following a rib fracture. The school says some SMU student-athletes have since used layers of Unequal padding to reinforce shoulder pads or rib protectors and help protect against injuries.