SOURCE: UNEQUAL Technologies

November 08, 2010 12:09 ET

Philadelphia Eagles Benefit From Vick's Unequal Advantage

Philadelphia Eagles Use UNEQUAL Technologies Proprietary Composite to Protect Michael Vick and Other Players

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - November 8, 2010) -  For the Philadelphia Eagles to overcome the Indianapolis Colts, they had to protect Michael Vick's ribs from being reinjured -- an injury caused when he was drilled by a pair of Redskins. So the Eagles contacted UNEQUAL Technologies, the premier provider of shock-blocking sports products, to build Vick a chest protector that was lightweight, comfortable, flexible and could stop the impact brought on by an NFL player-sized tackle.

"Conventional padding can no longer adequately protect players from the brute force exerted by today's professional athletes," said Rob Vito, President of UNEQUAL Technologies. "Players today are faster, stronger and know how to strike. To protect Vick and other members of the Eagles, we modified the Unequal composite we use to create our athlete footwear insoles that are worn by the Eagles and other NFL teams to conform to the chest pads. Our insoles absorb up to 80 percent of impact shock each step generates from running and up to five times one's body weight, making it an ideal composite to block impact from a defenseman." 

In an interview with Alex Flanagan, of NBC Sports, Vick said the chest protector (built by Unequal) helped him, his ribs felt good despite a few hits he took in this game, and his confidence was back. The result -- Vick led the Philadelphia Eagles to the 26-24 grueling win over the Indianapolis Colts.

FOX NFL Sunday insider Jay Glazer had discussed Vick's rib injuries earlier, saying Vick was going to be wearing some gear containing Kevlar®. DuPont™ Kevlar® (a type of aramid) is just one component in the patented Unequal composite. And Vick wasn't the only Eagle player protected by Unequal. Shoulder pads and other equipment were retrofitted with Unequal for additional players due to previous injuries. 

"It is evident that Unequal® padding provides players with physical and psychological advantages that enable them to defy the odds. America witnessed such a phenomenon as the Eagles battled the Colts down to the final two agonizing seconds," continued Vito.

UNEQUAL® Insoles are the world's only insoles made with aramid (e.g., DuPont's Kevlar® is a type of aramid). Aramid is a high tensile strength fiber that is five times stronger than steel and has the world's best shock-blocking properties. This is why the military uses aramid in bulletproof vests and why Unequal uses aramid in its patented protection products. 

About UNEQUAL Technologies
UNEQUAL Technologies changes athletes ability to stay healthier and consumers ability to "get active" by reducing the chronic impact shock ("CIS") that causes aches and pains with each step taken, regardless of a person's physical activity. Orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists warn that CIS, a force equal to up to five times a person's weight that radiates up through the body with every step, can cause aches, pains and premature aging of muscles, joints, and bones. The patented, shock-blocking power of UNEQUAL® blocks up to 80% of CIS, enabling people to go stronger, stay on your their feet longer, and feel better. With 57 U.S. and international patents and patents pending, UNEQUAL Technologies is the premier provider of shock-blocking sportswear. For more information, go to

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