RipKord System

Dr. Tack is the co-developer of the RipKord System.  The RipKord shoulder pad removal system has been designed to provide an unparalleled level of safety while ensuring the most effective medical management, diagnosis and treatment of suspected head and neck injuries to each and every football player at the elementary school, high school, college and professional levels.  This product allows:
  • The helmet and shoulder pads to be removed from the athlete as soon as the athlete is placed on the spine board. The equipment can be removed without lifting the athlete from the spine board, which potentially could cause further injury and neurologic deterioration to an individual with a cervical spine injury.
  • Improved ability to control body temperature in the event of shock
  • The immediate use a cervical immobilization collar.
  • The ability to manage an athlete’s airway without interference from the chin strap
  • Full access to the chest for CPR in the event of a cardiac emergency
  • Immediate use of diagnostic x-rays
  • Immediate use of diagnostic MRI
  • Effective, safe removal of shoulder pads and helmet by two trained medical personnel rather than relying on anywhere from six to ten individuals to lift the athlete to gain access to the pads, while stabilizing the neck

RipKord System Resources:

RipKord System Product Information 

RipKord and the NFL

RipKord Case Study