By Kyle | May 29, 2012
John Tamny on why football would be safer without helmets (hence nobody banging skulls together):
Indeed, returning to Tullock’s logic, it’s the pads and helmets that make football the often gruesomely violent and debilitating sport that it is today. Rugby players are doubtless tough, but the lack of pads and helmets ensures for those who play much greater odds of walking away from the game in sound physical shape.
It’ll never happen, of course. Why? The Press. Say no one played with a helmet for a year, but then the next year someone suffered a serious head injury. The Press wouldn’t wonder whether the rate of serious head injuries had risen or fallen; they’d simply report, hysterically, the anecdote about someone getting injured and say this “raises serious questions about whether the helmet should be reinstated.” The trial lawyers would take essentially the same stance.