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    Ban the Football Helmet

    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.

    Topics: Sports | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “Ban the Football Helmet”

    1. K Says:
      May 29th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Telemetry linked shock sensors in the helmet. If a particular sensor detected a pre determined illegal level of shock, the film would be reviewed to determine the instigator of the head hit and assess a 15 yd penalty. If the shock was high enough to be damaging, the offending player would be tossed with the potential of further action by the NFL.

      The total shocks suffered by a player could be monitored as well over a season/career.

    2. JohnFN Says:
      June 7th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Ten years of covering sports tells me the biggest cause of concussions has been the implementation of rules that favor the offense, especially the passing game. This has left wide receivers and other players to run unabated, meaning the only way to impede them from making a catch is to knock the snot out of them at the point of contact with the ball. That has been the trend. That style of play is already ingrained, so I doubt going back to 1970s rules on pass coverage would change anything.