Archive for October, 2013

October 9, 2013

With all the talk about football concussions there is one question not addressed: how to fundamentally redesign head/neck protection.  How to race car drivers protect their heads and necks during spectacular crashes?  They spread the energy over the entire car. Football players can’t do that but they can preserve the game while increasing head protection. Just redesign of the helmet is not enough. The head and neck will suffer from acceleration/deceleration even of wrapped in a foit of super bubble wrap.  Removing the helmet won’t help judging from Rugby concussion statistics.  There IS a way to spread out the energy of a collision – fix the helmet to the rest of the body. This would not limit freedom of motion and with proper helmet design would not limit visibility no matter where the player is looking.  This is where the research should go. CTE and MBTI is a settled issue. Time to deal with it in a definitive fashion.