An apparatus for enhancing absorption and dissipation of impact forces for all helmets and protective equipment. More particularly, the invention is a series of detachable pre-formed pads that each include a rigid or semi-rigid insert for enhanced protection and effectiveness. In one mode of production, at least one rigid or semi-rigid layer is located within the pad, or covered by pliable pad material on all sides. In a second mode, at least one rigid member or semi-rigid appears on the exterior surface of the pad, with pliable materials located beneath. In still another mode, at least one rigid or semi-rigid member appears on the interior surface of the pad, providing great versatility to the manufacturer or user. As such, the device is specifically designed to improve the absorption and dissipation of primary forces directly into items such as a plurality of previously existing pads and chest protectors, as well as to the shell of helmets.