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Midlothian inventor works to curb football concussions

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MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) -

An inventor from Midlothian believes he's come up with something that can help the NFL and amateur football leagues across the country curb concussions.

Allen Bancroft has developed the NogginLOC, a specialized chin strap that will not get yanked or popped off after a hit.  It can only be pulled off using your fingers.

Bancroft came up with the idea while watching NFL football and seeing the large number of helmets flying off.  While he understands that his invention will not prevent trauma inflicted on the head while the helmet is on, it can help protect the head from ever having the helmet fly off.

Bancroft has a patent for NogginLOC, and he's pitching it to helmet companies across the country.  He's an engineer and has several other patents, mostly dealing with robotics.

He also has a former pro football player in his corner.  Former Redskin Ken Harvey is helping him to promote the NogginLOC.

There has not been a major change to the chinstrap of a football helmet in almost 80 years.  Bancroft says the product can work on bicycle and racing helmets as well.

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