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New NFL Helmets Help Improve Players’ Safety

Sam Skurnik

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Concussions have always been a problem in the NFL. Ninety-nine percent of deceased football players had some kind of brain disease. Sadly, there has been no solution to prevent concussions on NFL players.

 

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. Some former NFL players have experienced the long-term effects of concussions, like memory loss, and a brain disease called CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which is found in people who have suffered repeated blows to the head. Players like Junior Seau, Frank Gifford and Aaron Hernandez all suffered from the disease.

 

While preventing a concussion isn’t possible, the most recent solution is a new helmet called the Vicis Zero 1. This helmet is different from others because it acts more like a car bumper rather than a hard shell to reduce severity of head impacts.

 

When you hit the Vicis Zero 1, it will return the damage which means the brain won’t be shaken around as much in the skull. After showing these helmets to different NFL teams, many thought the idea was great and some players like Russell Wilson and Alex Smith have agreed to use them in the 2017 NFL season. The Vicis Zero 1 gives players the biggest chance of preventing concussions.

 

In the 2017 NFL season, the number of concussions has fallen by 11.3 percent from last season, which was a record high. The helmets aren’t the only reason for that, but the evidence suggests that it helps. The NFL is currently being frowned upon by many because of how little the organization has done in its history to help concussion research. They are being sued by players and families for not reporting concussions and dealing with them in a professional manner.

 

Concussions could be one reason that the NFL is seeing their TV ratings drop. With new technology allowing new research to be conducted, people are starting to see the problems with playing football. Any decrease in concussion rates can only help the NFL as a league.

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  1. Henilieta Afeaki on January 31st, 2018 2:30 pm

    I thought it was interesting that concussions could be a factor that contributes to the conflict of the number of viewings being lowered.

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