Live Discussion on Concussion

19 Sep

I will be on HuffPost Live today as they discuss concussions…  You can find the archive link here…

Helmet To Helmet: Changing Football

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4 Responses to “Live Discussion on Concussion”

  1. G. Malcolm Brown September 19, 2013 at 21:49 #

    Helmets cause concussions… cause not prevent..they are the problem.. There is no real need for them to be hard on the outside.. !

    Thanks,, Dustin —
    for your work,

    G. Malcolm Brown

    • Dustin Fink September 20, 2013 at 09:57 #

      Although semantically you have a point, which I can agree with slightly… Concussions happen without helmets too! I have yet to see you acquiesce to the fact that the shearing, rotation, acceleration/deceleration of the brain INSIDE the skull is what causes concussions…

      I appreciate you commenting and allowing me to hammer home that point…

      • G. Malcolm Brown September 22, 2013 at 13:59 #

        Dustin,

        Thanks again for your work and the revealing “Helmet to Helmet ” forum.

        Researching the history of the design of helmets, I can only find a few things online.

        It appears the post WW II plastics industry recognized a potential market in replacing the “labor intensive” hand stitched football helmet . Using less then $ 5 of injection molded plastic they could make a helmet shell, and then simply glue the padding inside.

        First marketing move was to the “NFL”,,, who after trials rejected it. .. But with continued effort a few NFL teams began wearing them , leading to acceptance in the High School and College markets .

        I have yet to find any records of testing done in the 40 s & 50 s…to evaluate the concussion causing potential of hard helmets for contact sports.

        We do find recent scientific studies online indicating that helmet to helmet hits are potentially dangerous and harmful , often effecting long term quality of life .

        Please ask your readers for any early test information , other than marketing numbers or the durability testing that checked helmets for strength and hardness .

        Millions of football players and future players may also be interested , along with their parents , coaches and doctors .

        G. Malcolm Brown

      • Dustin Fink September 24, 2013 at 09:17 #

        Please acknowledge that the linear hits of helmets do not cause the majority of concussions… And that most concussions would occur with bubble wrapped heads… G. Malcom, you are not seeing the big picture here… Encasing the head does nothing to protect the brain from the physics of a concussion, NOTHING… Why won’t you understand this?

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