Despite the improvements in helmet technology, helmets may prevent skull fractures, but they do not prevent concussions.
Football High: Helmets Do Not Prevent Concussions
>>[male voice over] The research is still preliminary, and what these revelations will mean for the sport is anybody's guess. Although coaches and players are aware of the headlines, [whistle] [shout] the culture of the game remains very much as it has always been. [whistle] [Andrew Rowe, Shiloh Christian] I'd hit people a lot with my head—that's sort of my main thing. [whistle] When I didn't weigh as much, that was really my only weapon. [whistle] My helmet kind of shows all the marks and how much I've hit people. [whistle] [male shouting] Fortunately now, with the technology in helmets and the amount of padding that they have, it's basically like your head is sitting in a basket, even to the point where if I hit someone really hard, it doesn't really hurt. [whistle] [male shouting] [B.J. Maack, Arkansas Assoc. of Athletic Trainers] A helmet is not going to prevent a concussion. [male shouting] The helmet design of today—in the past, has always been about keeping the skull from getting a fracture, not a concussion. [whistle] Just because you have a helmet on doesn't make you invincible. And that's the danger that we've got to change the culture on.
Posted on BrainLine December 10, 2013.