Marcus Gooden

Minnesota State

My junior year I got a pretty bad stinger affecting my left shoulder and arm. Going into my senior year those stingers continued. I had one or two a game. I talked to Jeff, and he suggested I wear the collar. Deep into the season, I took his advice. As I wore the collar, I couldn’t believe it but, the stingers wore off. And I actually didn’t have any moving forward.

Les Pico

Executive Director of Player Development/Legal, Minnesota Viking

In my career as an NFL executive and former coach, player safety has always been a big concern. I believe Kato Collar fills a gap in needed concussion prevention.

Bobby Stachura Guardian Athletics

Bobby Stachura

MS ATC University of Rhode Island

Our athlete has used the collar every day in padded practice and loves it. He has had neck issues in the past, which is why we wanted to get this collar. It is helping him tremendously: The athlete notices a difference with Kato Collar compared to other collars we have used in the past. Definitely a bonus in our injury prevention.

Bryan Schmid

Assistant Football Coach, Mankato State University

I suffered from burner/stingers during my career as a player, and I tested out a prototype of Kato Collar at Minnesota State University. I got in my stance with my head up, moved my head around, looked at Jeff and said, ‘You have to get this thing out there. I will never have another burner/stinger.’ I am excited about Kato Collar becoming available to the players I coach to protect against this injury.

Charles Ledonio Guardian Athletics

Dr. Charles Ledonio

Clinical Trials Director with Innovative Surgical Designs

As the former Director of Spine Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota, I have studied extensively the biomechanics of devices for the treatment of spine injuries and diseases. When I analyzed the data and high-speed video from impact biomechanics testing, the results were compelling. The unique design of Kato Collar slowed down the velocity of the head after impact in two stages and transfers the G-forces from the helmet to the Collar then on to the shoulder pads. The testing showed up to 30% reduction of forces when the Collar was attached compared to no collar. By decelerating the brain movement within the skull after impact, Kato Collar addresses the key issue of head and neck injury forces thus promoting player safety.

Chad Brinkman

Graduate Assistant Trainer, Mankato State University

Several of our players wore the collar and liked the fit. Additionally, it did not prohibit movement. I have tried other collars in the market which were not as effective due to the limited mobility, and I’m excited about Kato Collar as I feel my players will be more willing to wear it compared to other collars I have tried.