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Helmet Injuries/ Concussions and Media

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Kara Beckley

on 4 November 2012

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Helmet Safety Movements Pop Warner Football banned head to head hits. Overview Helmet Safety/Concussions
Media Danny Barto
Kara Beckley Helmet Safety Facts 12 sports were studied. 1)- Football 2)- Girl's Soccer NFL Injury List Helmet Technologies Past helmets are not designed to prevent concussion. Companies are focusing on making helmets that prevent structural head injuries, but a concussion is a functional injury. Concussions are a serious issue Several regulations regarding hits in NFL New technologies in helmets How the Media has helped

How the NFL influences safety in youth sports Helmet Technologies (contd) Impact of NFL Players Safety on
Youth Sports Safety How has media coverage, such as interviews with Commissioner Goodell, help shape the awareness of helmet safety regarding concussions? Discussion related to the Media Sources Video Video Lavar ends Troy Aikman's career Video Video Video Why is it important for not only athletic organizations, but also the media to show concern about concussions from athletic performances? How can professional sports organizations continue to stress helmet safety and what future trends can they implement? http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=16520950 http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:8370396 http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=11915448 Popke, M. (2012, September). Making Headlines. Athletic Business, p.21-26. Retrieved October 14, 2012, from http://www.athleticbusiness.com NCAA & National Federation of State High School Association ruled that if you lose your helmet while the ball is in play, the player must sit out the following play. (players don't fasten helmets the correct way, this can provide structure to the prevention of concussions) Possible talks of NFL enforcing the same blast sensors in helmets that the U.S. Army uses to collect data from hits. Additional sports such as soccer and lacrosse may begin to implement the use of some type of head gear to reduce the chances of concussions. Concussions in High School sports are increasing by 15% each year. - MedStar Health Research Institute Director of Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC, Kevin Guskiewicz:
"Helmets are not designed to prevent concussion."
"Concussion is a functional, not structural injury." Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
"The best answer is safer and smarter play." NBC Sports. (N/A). Injury report. Retrieved from http://www.rotoworld.com/teams/injuries/nfl/all/ Arizona Cardinals-Reggie Walker (Oct 4)
Atlanta Falcons- Kevin Cone (Aug 20)
Cleveland Browns- D'Qwell Jackson (Oct 12)
- Josh Cribbs (Oct 3)
Denver Broncos- Nate Irving (Sept 23)
Detroit Lions- Jacob Lacey (Oct 14)
- Jahvid Best (Apr 14)
Green Bay Packers- Terrell Manning (Sept 11)
Jacksonville Jaguars- Laurent Robinson (Sept 30)
- Montell Owens (Sept 23)
- Clint Session (Aug 27)
Kansas City Chiefs- Matt Cassel (Oct 18)
- Kevin Boss (Sept 18)
Miami Dolphins- Daniel Thomas (Oct 7)
Minnesota Vikings- Erin Henderson (Oct 5)
New England Patriots- Jamey Richard (Aug 2)
New York Giants- Ramses Barden (Oct 10)
- Andre Brown (Oct 7)
Oakland Raiders- Darrius Heyward-Bey (Oct 12)
San Diego Chargers- Richard Goodman (Sept 11)
- Darrell Stuckey (Aug 29)
Seattle Seahawks- Malcolm Smith (Oct 18)
Tennessee Titans- Dave Ball (Aug 31)
Washington Redskins- Aldrick Robinson (Oct 4) Significant improvement in helmet safety has not stopped other companies from developing new technologies, accessories, and brand new helmet types that claim to:

-reduce the G-force on brains
-dissipate sudden jolts ForceCap Technologies tested a patent-pending air-filled sack inside hockey helmets, "just like an airbag in a car".
-the airbag only goes off if there is a major impact
-if the impact is forceful enough to deploy the bladder, the coach and player both know the hit is worthy of medical attention. The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden created the patented Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, or MIPS.
-MIPS uses a low-friction layer between the outer and inner shells of a helmet to absorb much of the energy generated by blows to the head
-reduces rotational acceleration of the brain by up to 50% compared to conventional helmets. Due to modern media, The NFL is now more promoted and televised than ever, which means the youth is extremely exposed to and influenced by players' action on the field.
-Roger Goodell stresses player safety and responsibility so that it's importance will trickle down to the concerns of youth football. The NFLPA and the NCAA have teamed up with three major helmet manufactures to participate in the Youth Football Helmet Replacement Partnership program.
-their goal is to replace for free, up to 13,000 youth football helmets that are at least 10 years old with new helmets with the latest concussion protecting technology. How important is it for NFL players to set the right example on the field in order to influence youth players to practice the right type of contact when making tackles? - This explains rule changes in sports such as in football like the "no head first tackle" rule and in hockey like the "high penalties for violent hits" rule.
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