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tekochip
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A weapon?
tekochip   5/10/2012 5:37:49 PM
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It's a nifty idea, but if the helmet can be armed to fire again then I see that teams would use it as a weapon rather than a protection device.


RICKZ28
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Re: A weapon?
RICKZ28   6/25/2012 4:27:29 PM
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American-type football has rules against hitting other players using the helmet.  Penalties are accessed for breaking the game rules.  Blatant violations result in ejection from the game, as well as possible suspension and ban from playing.

 

 

Jack Rupert, PE
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Leather Helmet
Jack Rupert, PE   5/13/2012 3:20:17 PM
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I'm thinking we forget about high tech helmets and go back to vintage leather helmets.  That would be one way to stop intentionaly dangerous hits of turning one's head into a battering ram.

Charles Murray
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Re: Leather Helmet
Charles Murray   5/15/2012 8:11:18 PM
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Maybe that would work, Jack. The problem is that it seems like football players always find a way to make the game more dangerous, no matter how hard you try to promote safety.

Greg M. Jung
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Unintended Effects?
Greg M. Jung   5/16/2012 10:03:12 PM
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Great idea and fascinating application of technology.  I think this might work at the high school level.

Unfortunately, I see a scenario where professional athletes will now have more confidence and hit even harder with their helmets (because they believe their heads may take a greater shock).  There could be some unforeseen risks introduced with this solution.

Charles Murray
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Re: Unintended Effects?
Charles Murray   5/22/2012 8:51:53 PM
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I agree, Greg. As helmets have gotten better and athletes have grown stronger, hits have gotten harder. Is there any reason to assume that this trend will change?

apresher
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Helmet Airbags
apresher   5/30/2012 3:37:13 PM
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Anything that can help at the high school level would be a good development. Some of the research has been alarming on concussions caused not by the severity of collisions but actually the number. Of course, that means that young linemen could be especially vulnerable.

Charles Murray
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Re: Helmet Airbags
Charles Murray   6/1/2012 6:10:57 PM
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I agree, Al. If this kind of technology can trickle down to high school, it could have an effect on the future health of thousands of young football players. One of the issues with these kinds of hits (like the one shown in this video) is that they don't have immediate visible effects. But as these former players get to their 50s, they start to have problems.



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