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Helmet options are limited for concussed

Posted on: November 12, 2010 6:56 pm
D. Jackson recently suffered a concussion, but as of now, it doesn't appear that any helmet could guarantee he wouldn't suffer anothe one (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

An interesting story by the Associated Press here on the as-yet-unrealized concussion-proof helmet that probably will never come into being.

Recently-concussed Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, for instance, was given a new, specially-made helmet that is supposed to reduce head injuries. But the manufacturer can’t guarantee that the helmet will prevent concussions.

It’s probably impossible, in fact. A scary thought.
From the AP:

In a series of interviews with The Associated Press, representatives of the NFL, its players' union and the four equipment companies that make every helmet worn in the league all agreed there's no football helmet – in production or on drawing boards – that can eliminate concussions. And there might never be one.

The NFL acknowledges that the lack of a perfect helmet contributed to its decision in recent weeks to use hefty fines and the threat of suspensions to cut down on dangerous hits. It's also why the league's head, neck and spine medical committee is holding a two-day meeting next month to look into new ways to test and design helmets.

"A concussion-proof helmet? So far, there's nothing to that effect," said Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations. "I don't know if (manufacturers) could ever convince us or assure us that a helmet that would absolutely prevent concussions is doable. I haven't heard such a thing."

And you know what? Even if this helmet could be conceived and available to NFL players, I guarantee many – if not most of them – would bypass the product altogether and play with what they’ve got now.

That’s perhaps the saddest part of all.

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