emmanuel sanders' helmet: facemask shock absorber emmanuel sanders wears a unique helmet. i've only seen a few other players wear this type. as you can see from the picture, the facemask seems hinged into helmet, rather then just simply screwed on... turns out this is a schutt ion4d helmet featuring something called an "energy wedge" that acts as a facemask shock absorber. this helmet has some great features beyond the facemask shock absorber, but i thought this was very unique. however, this specific feature would only have a real impact on front impacts, and i think most concussions occur from side impacts or backwards impact. still, i couldn't find anything describing his unique helmet anywhere... from the webpage: Energy Wedge Faceguard Truly unique to the game of football, the Energy Wedge Faceguard acts as a shock absorber for the ION 4D™, absorbing up to 15% more impact from direct frontal impacts than traditional faceguards. The Energy Wedge faceguard is stronger than traditional faceguards and gives you a wide, unobstructed view of the entire field.