Let Them Play

We’re Guardian Athletics, an innovation-driven company built around the belief that there’s a better way to help protect football players from injuries such as burners, stingers, and concussions on the field.


Kato Collar is like nothing else on the market today: We’ve proven that we can slow down the head after impact by up to 30% and our field testers said that their burner/stingers were eliminated while wearing our collar. Unlike other collars, they also enjoyed full range of motion for the head and neck.

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Our Approach

One airbag won’t save your life in a car crash, just like a helmet alone won’t prevent an injury. Kato Collar is a part of a system that works towards optimal protection. Through gear, training, and innovative products, we build confidence in the game and start to prevent head and neck injuries.

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While still too heavy, helmets protect the skull and are crucial in the protection of a player. The collar works in conjunction to improve protection.

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There are programs, such as Head’s Up, that educate players on a safer way to tackle. When the collar is integrated, these training practices solidify player safety.

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Rapid acceleration and deceleration of the skull is a real threat to player safety, and why we invented the collar. We work hard to be an educational source for the football community.

Our Team

After 10+ years of research, prototyping, and development we’ve launched our flagship product, Kato Collar. With this launch, we’re defining how we prevent, protect, and recover on the football field.

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