Meet the Q-Collar: a brain-protective device being worn in the NFL

The Q-Collar, a brain protectant device, has been seen being worn by more and more NFL players throughout the season.
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Throughout the course of the NFL season, fans have begun to take notice of players sporting the Q-Collar, a c-shaped collar on the back of their necks. This sparked questions to arise about the unknown product.

The Q-Collar, an FDA-approved and patented product created by Q30 Innovations, is a brain-protective collar that acts as a safeguard to the brain. This product is the only FDA-approved brain-protectant device.

“The Q-Collar is a non-invasive device worn around the neck that applies a mild pressure to the internal jugular veins, which allows for backfilling of fluid to the brain,” said Co-CEO of Q30 Innovations, Tom Hoey.

Before getting approved by the FDA in 2021, the Q-Collar was being experimented on by former Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly. Kuechly, who retired at the age of 28, dealt with concussions his whole career. Kuechly claimed that the product may have helped prolong his career, despite him retiring young.

“It’s one of those things, I trust that it works,’’ said Kuechly. “There’s a lot of other examples of it working. Did it help extend? I would hope so. Did it hurt? Absolutely not.’’

Subsequently, the consumer rate continues to rise for the Q-Collar. Though, data and research do not show that this product is effective in the prevention of concussions, according to the FDA.

However, studies have shown effectiveness. Athletes who do not wear the Q-Collar are more prone to changes in the brain after hits to the head.

“According to the FDA’s analysis, athletes who did not wear the Q-Collar are three times more likely to have significant changes in their brains following a season of football than those who wore the Q-Collar,” said Hoey.

Evidently, football is a sport that causes many hits to the head. Because of this, NFL players have been wearing the Q-Collar in hopes of protecting their brains.

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard is one of the more notable names seen wearing the Q-Collar.

“It mentally just makes me feel safer and more protected when I’m on the field,” said Pollard.

Among Pollard, other notable names that wear the Q-Collar include Dallas Cowboys’ Dalton Schultz, Los Angeles Chargers’ Drue Tranquill, Los Angeles Rams’ Taylor Rapp, Philadelphia Eagles’ Boston Scott, and Seattle Seahawks’ Colby Parkinson.

Furthermore, with the NFL seeing spikes in concussions, the Q-Collar could be something coveted by many players as more effective results begin to surface. The league could push to make the Q-Collar mandatory, which would not be a bad idea.

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