SOURCE: Full90

November 14, 2005 11:54 ET

Full90 Sports Welcomes Inaugural International Soccer Headgear Standard

New Specification Represents Consensus Between Medicine, Biomechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Consumer Advocacy

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2005 -- Full90 Sports Inc. (www.full90.com), the world's largest provider of soccer headgear, today welcomed the official establishment of the first soccer headgear standard. The new standard was developed and implemented by ASTM International, one of the largest and most respected standards development bodies in the world and the driving force behind similar initiatives for headgear in football, cycling and other sports. The soccer standard represents the consensus between experts in medicine, biomechanical engineering, manufacturing, and consumer advocacy. The standard defines requirements for coverage, labeling, and laboratory test performance. The manufacturer of a product that satisfies all of the requirements of the standard is allowed to reference this standard on the product.

"We've been waiting for this decision for a long time, and we're proud to announce that our products meet every specification in the new standard," said Jeff Skeen, Founder and CEO of Full90 Sports, who has worked for more than 20 years in the field of preventive headgear for athletes. "In every sport -- cycling, football, equestrian -- it took time for changes to become generally accepted, and the first ruling always marked a significant milestone. I believe this decision will have the same effect on soccer, the world's most popular sport."

The standard is expected to help settle the dispute over which particular form of headgear best protects soccer players from head injuries. Although there's still no mandate among soccer associations, this standard potentially affects every player, from children to league professionals.

Several independent studies have shown that head injuries, particularly concussions, have become a significant issue in soccer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors treat more than 200,000 children a year for soccer-related injuries, including concussions. A recent independent study by Scott Delaney of Canada's McGill University in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine found that the rate of head injuries for soccer players was similar to the rate for football players. Another study funded by FIFA, the ruling committee of International soccer, indicated that Full90 Soccer headgear reduces the forces that cause concussions.

ASTM International, a not-for-profit organization, provides a forum for producers, users, consumers, academics and government representatives to collaborate on standards for materials, products, systems, and services. ASTM International includes more than 130 standards-writing technical committees comprising over 30,000 members, and publishes more than 11,000 active standards. A standard for soccer headgear has been in development at ASTM International since 1999.

About Full90 Sports, Inc.

Full90 Sports, Inc. develops and markets protective equipment specifically designed to allow athletes to perform at their capacity, while providing some level of protection against common injuries. Full90's flagship product, the Performance Headguard, pioneered and created a whole new category in the sport of soccer by providing players a heightened level of protection by reducing risks associated with head-to-head or head-to-foot contact, without affecting their style of play. The British Journal of Sports Medicine released a study in August 2005 which concluded that soccer headgear like the Full90 Performance Headguard provides "Measurable benefit during head to head impacts". Full90 Performance Headguard was designed using Performance Protection Technology (PPT), a new process for developing protective athletic equipment. At its core, PPT combines applied physics, engineering and design with a deep appreciation for the heart and soul of an athlete, as well as absolute respect for the traditions of the game they play. For additional information on the Company, please visit www.full90.com.

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