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Helmet Laboratory Testing Performance Results

The NFL, in collaboration with the NFLPA, through their respective appointed biomechanical experts, coordinated extensive laboratory research to evaluate which helmets best reduce head impact severity.

The results of the laboratory tests are displayed on the poster below and shared with NFL players, in addition to club medical, training, coaching and equipment staffs to help inform equipment choices. Other factors, in addition to the ranking, should be considered by players when choosing a helmet, including fit, comfort, durability, player position and the player's medical history.

In 2024, the NFL and NFLPA added three position-specific posters, displaying the rankings for top generic (all-position) helmets and position-specific helmets based on additional impact conditions commonly experienced in those positions. The posters, offered for the quarterback, offensive lineman and defensive lineman positions, help players focus on the helmets that are expected to offer them the best protection for their position.


The laboratory test conditions are intended to represent potentially concussive head impacts in the NFL. The results of this study should not be extrapolated beyond the NFL, including to collegiate, high school or youth football.

NFL_HelmetPoster_2024_final draft_040824a_Main Poster (WEBSITE) with QR code (1)

Discontinued helmets that were worn by less than 1% of players for the past two seasons have been removed from the poster and added to a legacy list. These helmets are still permissible for use and have been color-coded according to the 2024 poster groupings. Helmets in either shade of green may be worn by any player, while those in yellow are not permitted for new players or those who did not wear them during the 2023 season.

NFL_HelmetPoster_2024_final draft_040824a_Legacy List of Tested Helmets

The following prohibited helmet models perform poorly in laboratory testing, have been discontinued by the manufacturer, or were produced by companies no longer manufacturing football helmets. All the helmets listed below are prohibited for use on-field by NFL players.

NFL_HelmetPoster_2024_final draft_040824a_ALL PROHIBITED HELMETS