Solution : Diviser football eyewear
Incorporation of SportRX prescription snow goggle insert
DIVISER is made to adapt an existing technology for football: the SportRX prescription snow goggle insert
(shown below). Diviser is in fact a polycarbonate frame to house the existing lenses, which are originally designed for ski goggles. The lenses are held in place by plastic springs that hook into silicone pads behind the visor.
Flex on contact
Diviser sits closer to the player’s face than an object could normally safely be. The visor must protect during contact, not pose a risk. A helmet does so by flexing and padding and the visor must do similarly. This is done using springs incorportated into the visor joinery to the facemask clips (ABS). They act in two phases: the first is softer, for comfort and performance, and the second is stiffer, for safety.
The silicone elements which house the plastic lense also act as padding. They are on the cheekbones and middle of the forehead to protect the player's face. Its shapes are inspired by stormtroopers.
Fog is often the biggest issue with eyewear for sport. When a player’s cheeks or forehead sweat, moisture accumulates on the lens and obstructs vision. Even breath can condensate.
To prevent fog, both design and habit measure must be taken. Firstly, the shape of the face shield must allow breath to escape. Vents in the visor can encourage airflow for the inevitable moisture. Secondly, Diviser sits farther from the face than glasses or prescription goggles. Thirdly, an anti-fog coating will increase visibility, however these finishes often need to be reapplied as part of regular care. Despite all these design measures, a skull cap or bandana is still recommended as the best prevention against fog.
Compatibility with concussion protocols
Canadian rules for tackle football currently restrict the use of eyewear: only clear visors are allowed. This rule exists so trainers can always see a player’s eyes in case they may be concussed. (Section 11, Article 2.c.) Existing goggles like the ones pictured above can hinder the assessment.
The opacity of the visor is essential to Diviser's aesthetic and its success in the sport of football. It also gives a competitive advantage.
Thanks to new facemask clips, however, eyewear affixed to the helmet is easier to remove than glasses. Riddell, the long-time leader in football helmets, now uses a quick-release fastener to remove facemasks. The operation can be done in seconds with only four buttons and the tip of a pen. The rulebooks should be updated to be inclusive to players who need a corrective lens but can’t wear contacts.