Whenever protective athletic equipment is purchased, the individuals who select the equipment play a vital role in safeguarding the health of the athlete who wears it. Since football equipment is subjected to the constant stresses and strains of practice and games, it must be made of the best materials, use the most modern construction and design, and meet strict standards in order to produce top quality products that give the most protection and performance.
As good as the equipment is when purchased, the constant stresses and strains of the sport result in the need for regular maintenance to ensure the best protection to the athlete. National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) is the organization that sets the standards for recertifying football helmets and other athletic equipment. There are only 21 facilities in the United States that are approved by NOCSAE and National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA).
In order to keep your equipment in the best and safest condition, recertifying annually through a NOCSAE and NAERA approved organization is absolutely necessary.