sc85sis wrote:The helmets won't prevent concussions, though. They can't stop the brain from moving inside the skull.
There are some helmets that are better at absorbing the impact, thus making concussions less likely. The problem is two fold, the NFL's standards of testing helmets isn't as strict as some of the safety industry would like them to be, and the NFL doesn't require a certain type of helmet be used during the games/practice. They allow players to pick which equipment suits them best, and unfortunately the overwhelming majority go for style rather than protection. They have had "safe" helmets around for a long time, no one wants to wear them. All of this is on top of things like the NFL not mandating mouth guards; it is so juxtaposed to their stance on safety over the last few years. If the NFL wanted to make the game safer, they could take several small steps that would do much more good than some of the more recent politicized changes.