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NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

Posted on: December 2, 2009 8:27 pm

I'm all for the NFL's recent movement to help cut down on concussion-related problems for players.

But two things come to mind: Don't players understand when they decide to play football that this is part of the game? It's like a crab fisherman understanding the perils of the Bering Sea.

I wonder how many players who had concussion troubles would give up what they had during their NFL careers. I bet it's not as high as you think.

If the NFL really wants to cut down on concussion problems, it should improve the helmet, making it safer, or go even go one step further.

Take off the facemasks. If players didn't have facemasks, they wouldn't lead with the head as much as they do.

There might be more facial cuts and stuff like that, but it would cut down on the concussions.

I think a lot of the concussions are the result of players trying to make that highlight-game hit. It has hurt tackling, but it also has made for more head injuries. Without a facemask, it wouldn't be as big a problem.

That might sound crazy. But it makes sense.

On Wednesday, the league sent out a memo to all 32 teams stating that a player who gets a concussion should not return to action on the same day if he shows certain signs or symptoms, such as dizziness and memory loss.

That's smart. Too many times players will push to play. And unlike a broken leg or arm, you can't see a concussion, which leads to questions about toughness and a desire to play.

This will help with that. But it won't cut down on the numbers.

Only safer helmets or even taking the facemasks off will do that.



Category: NFL

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2010 9:24 am

NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

Canadian Don Cherry has often voiced his opinion to the NHL as to how the hockey league can significantly reduce the concussion problem by eliminating the helmut altogether. He insists that by eliminating the helmut the body checking will change as players will keep in mind their opponent's lack of protection. That idea is fine and dandy for hockey, but for football in which there is constant contact head to head one cannot reason how taking off a facemask would work in a game that is so rough. The game has changed significantly from what it was say 30 years ago. To suggest taking off the facemask would almost assure disfiguring a large percent of the NFL offensive linemen (which is to say it would make them uglier than they already are).

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2010 9:20 pm

NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

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Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2010 3:37 pm

NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

You think Prisco is crazy?  There have been several doctors who have come out saying (since the concussion issue has really flared up) they should make the players stop wearing helmets all together, it would force them to actually play with some respect for their head because players you naturally see leading with their head or bringing their head down wouldn't and those doctors believe it would drastically cut the number of concussions you see in the league.  At the end of the day it's a rough sport and these guys know this and with each passing season, the safety features to the uniforms and gear get a bit more better and a bit more advanced, but with this there will never be a solid solution, there will never be one helmet that makes the difference between concussion and not a concussion.  I know some people say Dallas Clark has the helmet of helmets, but nothing can prevent the brain from rattling when it is taking the impacts it is in the sport of football.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2009 1:56 pm

NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

Sorry , I kinda repeated you!

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2009 1:54 pm

NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

Ask Rugby players what they think of helmets and what their injuries are. I bet they are way more conscious of where they stick there heads. I'm not sure about what you guys have seen, but professional rugby player take very violent hits and seem to be fine. They don't have to eat through straws or have dismembered faces. So if you look at it that way, it kinda makes sense. (I say keep facemask tho)

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 1:37 pm

NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

Sure.  Great idea.

Get rid of facemasks.

Let's go back to wearing those leathercaps.

Or even better no helmet at all.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2009 1:16 pm

NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

None of you ever played rugby? Sure there are some ugly lads playing, but the problem of two 250lb men running into each other is sorted by proper tackling technique. I think it is a good idea. Maybe.

As prisco says, they know it is a dangerous game when they first pad up. Ask a hockey player if he truly expects to keep his teeth, or a wrestler if, after the steroids, his man jewels are still normal.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2009 12:20 pm

NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

Haha, this article is a satire piece right?  Take off the facemasks?

Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2009 11:31 am

NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

The problem with a 'safer helmet' is that no piece of plastic and a little padding is ever going to significantly counter the physics behind two 250+ lb players colliding in opposite directions, particularly when one doesn't see the hit coming.  It just isn't possible.

Furthermore, the problem isn't necessarily concussions even though that is the news grabbing item.  The problem is repeated hits to the head.  Players without a bad concussion history are suffering in their mid life just as much as those with one.

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 10:49 am

NFL head troubles: Look at the helmet

Agreed, what was this??????

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