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 decelerates the head after an impact while allowing full range of movement for the head and neck. Because of our design, the head doesn’t reach extreme points where injuries occur, such as burners and stingers. Movement of the brain can lead to stretching, strain, and bruising; many times leading to a concussion.

We are bio-mechanically tested and proven to slow down the head after impact by up to 30%, reducing the forces and mechanisms that are believed to cause concussions.

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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

Football is in our DNA. After years of research, prototyping, and development we’ve launched a product like none other. Our team works to create confidence with the football community to help players at all level of play, inspiring the next generation of athletes.

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