Recent news has contained numerous stories of the dangers of concussions and how helmets have been inadequate to prevent serious injuries. Further, as evidenced by numerous lawsuits, many believe that the NFL as well as coaches and others charged with the safety of our athletes have ignored concerns about brain trauma in an effort to win games. Despite mounting evidence of the long-term effects of concussions, little has been done to improve the quality of helmets designed to protect players from brain injuries.
Indy racing icons Bill Simpson and Chip Ganassi have now developed a company that applies their knowledge of racing equipment safety in the design of a new football helmet.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) such as concussions are the result of blunt force trauma to the head. Although TBIs resulting from football injuries have been getting a lot of press recently, similar brain injuries occur frequently as the result of a car accidents, motorcycle accidents and slips and falls. Any time you experience a sudden jolt or blow to your head, you are in danger of suffering a brain injury. Although the severity of a brain injury can vary, even the most mild bran injury should be evaluation by a medical professional. Mild brain injuries, left untreated or undiagnosed can worsen over time.
In mild brain injury cases, symptoms may be vague. You may experience headaches, dizziness, forgetfulness and confusion. Symptoms of severe brain injuries are often more recognizable and include vomiting, seizures, dilated pupils and extreme fatigue. All brain injuries have the potential to result in long term difficulties such as mood swings, personality changes, loss of memory and confusion.
In the instance of football players, current lawsuits have alleged that although the NFL and others knew of the dangers of concussions, they ignored these dangers, putting the health of players in peril in order to win more games.
The new helmet design created by Simpson and Ganassi seeks to eliminate this danger. So far the helmet has met with success. Last year, of the 20 players who wore the helmet during games none suffered a concussion. However, there were some complaints – such as that the padding becoming “soggy and smelly.”
The helmets are made of new materials such as carbon fiber, Kevlar and “other exotic materials,” and looks like a regular football helmet. However, the feel of the helmet is different and provides significantly more cushioning. As stated in the Sports Illustrated article, “The ultimate test for the new helmet isn’t going to be done in a lab. It’s going to be whether this helmet will get out to players and reduce the numbers and severity of concussions.”
For more information about brain injuries, or if you have suffered a concussion or other brain injury, contact a top Stockton brain injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.