Leading with the helmet is […] not the primary reason there has been a rise in a recognition of concussions and their long-term effects. Helmet[s] […] are not designed to prevent concussions. [They’re] designed to prevent skull fractures […]. […] Concussions are the result of a brain injury that happens from “inside-out” – […] the brain impacting against the inside of the skull as the player’s head suddenly stops. No helmet technology will ever prevent that.
My son is a squirt this year. He has four seasons before bantams, which is when body-checking is introduced according to the rules of USA Hockey. I don’t know what I will do if we haven’t solved this problem by then.