Two football players collide on the field. Both are wearing helmets. Still, their heads bang together, risking serious injury. A new football helmet design might offer these players’ brains much better protection. Key to its advantage: three layers of energy-absorbing insulation. Most helmets today offer just a single layer.
In basketball, it’s the squeak of shoes on hardwood and a bouncing ball. In football, the most recognized sounds of the game are loud clacks of bodies hitting bodies, helmets hitting helmets — heads hitting heads. Those hits may be entertaining, but they can cause serious brain damage, known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a… [Read More]
The National Football League (NFL) has announced a series of further funding for technology that aims to prevent concussions. The Head Health Challenges is a three-stage collaboration between the NFL, General Electric and sportswear brand Under Armour that works to “ advance the development of technologies that can detect early-stage mild traumatic brain injuries and… [Read More]
I attended the premiere last night in Westwood for the new film “Concussion” which is mandatory viewing for anyone associated with the sport of football at any level. It delivers a powerful and often frightening punch in chronicling the story of Pittsburgh neurologist Bennet Omalu who discovered the presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the… [Read More]
Two months before the opening of a Will Smith movie expected to paint a critical portrait of the way the NFL has handled concussions, league emissaries are offering a counternarrative, saying the NFL has made great strides in creating a safer game, and that anxiety over the injuries has become overblown. NFL health and safety… [Read More]
The pedestal that has been holding up a beloved American tradition is finally starting to teeter. American football is seeing backlash like never before, as athletes and researchers alike have become more vocal about the dangers that are not often talked about. It’s no secret that football players are prone to injury. If you sign… [Read More]