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Study: Nearly 40 percent of players wore low-rated helmets

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  1. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    NFL.com news: Study: Nearly 40 percent of players wore low-rated helmets

    At first when I read the title I thought, Dumbasses. Then I read the helmet list submited to teams of the 16 only 3 were 5 star rated. I dunno but my team, I would only offer the 3 top rated helmets to players.

    Someone mentioned in another thread a few days ago how the next move the NFL could use to hurt players while a CBA isnt in place is to rent unis. Sounds to me like this already is in place to an effect. How else would 40% of players opt *with RGs big push of Concussion awarness* for the obviously cheaper helmet?? Is it really that much a diff to them? IF it is then jus go with the 3 options and they cant jus get a cheaper helmet, well they could but it would still be 4-5 star Conc protection rated.

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    WASHINGTON -- Nearly 40 percent of NFL players last season wore a helmet model that got the second-lowest rating for reducing the risk of concussions in a study by Virginia Tech researchers.

    Riddell's VSR-4 helmet received just one star in a study -- released Tuesday -- of football helmets led by Virginia Tech professor of biomedical engineering Stefan Duma. Another Riddell model -- the Revolution Speed -- was the only helmet that earned five stars, the top rating.

    Five models -- two made by Riddell, two by Schutt and one by Xenith -- received four stars.

    According to Riddell, 38 percent of NFL players wore the low-rated VSR-4 in 2010. The company also said 39 percent wore one of the various models that fall under the Riddell Revolution name or the new Riddell 360.

    "It is our hope that based upon this and other independent research, that players and teams at all levels will continue to migrate to the Revolution family of helmets," Riddell Sports president Dan Arment said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press by an outside PR firm that represents the manufacturer.

    Each NFL player is allowed to choose which brand and model of helmet he wears.

    In November, the NFL told the AP it estimated that 75 percent of helmets used in 2010 were made by Riddell, which has had a licensing/sponsorship agreement with the league since 1990. The league said 23 percent were made by Schutt, 1 to 2 percent by Xenith, and a handful by Adams USA.

    A helmet made by Adams was the only one that received a rating of "not recommended" by Duma's study.

    Duma said in a telephone interview that this is the first time comparative test results on football helmets have been made public. He said the star ratings provide "a prediction of concussion risk."

    "All of these helmets protect you from skull fracture, so what we're doing is going to the next level and looking at how they protect you from brain injury," Duma said.

    "We're basing this analysis off a million impacts we've collected," added Duma, who called the study the culmination of about eight years of research. "We know how players are hit. ... It's much more elaborate than anyone's ever looked at, in terms of evaluating the performance of helmets."

    Concussions occur when the brain moves inside the skull from an impact or a whiplash effect, but it's still an injury that doctors -- not to mention players and executives in various sports -- are learning about. There is general consensus that concussions cannot be eliminated from football. But as more links have emerged between head injuries and disease later in life, the NFL has stepped up its efforts to educate players about concussions and protect them from the injury.

    NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league's head neck and spine medical committee would review the Virginia Tech research. He also noted that the league and NFL Players Association let players, trainers and equipment managers know last year that three helmet models -- two made by Riddell and one by Schutt -- met all three criteria for qualifying as a top-performing helmet when 16 were tested.

    The league and NFLPA also told players and teams then: "In general, some of the modern helmets performed better in these tests than did the older helmets."

    Riddell stopped selling the VSR-4 in 2010. The Revolution models include significant changes from the VSR-4, such as covering the jaw area and having padding there, as well as adding padding to increase the space between the head and the shell.

    The Virginia Tech ratings "show that there is a difference between helmet brands and models and that strong research and development can make a significant impact on the protective performance of football helmets," Arment said in an emailed statement.

    Duma wants to run the same sort of testing on baseball and cycling helmets.
     
  2. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    Here's an idea:

    Why don't the equipment managers only offer the 4-star rated helmets? This is a no-brainer. No pun intended.
     
  3. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    exactly what im thinkin... All I can imagine is that in some way the cost of the helmet comes down on the player and that ultimatly is what turns their choice to the lesser product.
     
  4. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    Intersting if you consider that this is a player choice, and they made it at the begining of the 2010 season *uncapped* then the players could already be in recession mode and cutting cost where they can before they go on what they got and wait on a CBA. SO a majority of players opted for the cheaper helmet, as a result we got one of the most head jarring seasons to date.

    Ok no dig deeper in to the conspiracy hole with me on this line of thought.

    Now this is very contrite and convoluted, but what if players were opting for junk helmets at their own risk Purely to show the Owners that their safety was a BIG concern. This info wasnt known before 2010 as far as the star ranks for a helmet and its protection against Concussions. Now that it is, and the fact owners/coaching staffs offered the lot of 16 helmets to choose from with only 3 being 5 star that they can say it was their dumbass choice to wear a less protective helmet.

    I dont get it at all... The more padding in the helmet, the bigger the helmet. SO why dont alot of these big headed ego maniacs think bigger is better in regard to overal diamiter of their helmet-head size? Imagine you got the biggest ego on the field, why not wear the largest helmet to hold that dome?

    In short bring back the Skins. We will see alot less leading with the head and more pure/true body tackling. Also why they hell we tryin so hard to sell the NFL to overseas markets, when we can make it more appealing to them if we jus do this. It will look more like Rugby to the Easterners when they watch NFL games.

    Of course I am Crazy.
     
  5. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    The NFL cares about player safety....... just ask the commissioner. ;)
     
  6. Buck Melanoma

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    Yeah - owner wallet safety. ;-)
     

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