Concussions: What the hell can we do about this?

Andrew Sullivan: Is Big Football the next Big Tobacco?

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.

  • Robert JftC

    MIPS recently unveiled a hockey helmet and it was adopted by a swedish team. Results have been good in a short sample. It seems promising but for some reason hasn’t gotten more press in n. america yet.  Here’s the MIPS website: