Player safety in the NFL and throughout all levels of football have taken steps to guard against concussions and head trauma as more information has come to light about the long-term ramifications associated with concussions. The NFL recently agreed on a $765 million settlement in a concussions suit agreeing to pay for medical exams and underwrite research.
“More than 4,500 former athletes — some suffering from dementia, depression or Alzheimer’s that they blamed on blows to the head — had sued the league, accusing it of concealing the dangers of concussions and rushing injured players back onto the field while glorifying and profiting from the kind of bone-jarring hits that make for spectacular highlight-reel footage.” (Source: Associated Press)
LSU is using an innovative approach to guard against head trauma and concussions of their student athletes using Brain Sentry devices on every practice helmet. The devices measure the impact sustained by the players to determine a “hit count” which has determined interior offensive linemen take the brunt of the high-impact hits to the head.
Concussions will always be a part of the game, but taking a proactive stance rather than the reactionary one by the NFL is one step that needs to be done to limit the potential for concussions and brain trauma and the long-term health risks associated with cumulative blows to the head.
Every school and NFL team should use these Brain Sentry devices on their helmets and kudos to the LSU athletic department for trying to gain as much knowledge as possible to further understand how to find a solution to this concussion epidemic.
The problem won’t go away without as much knowledge as possible to determine the impact of the cumulative effects of blows to the head and LSU is taking one giant step toward hopefully dramatically reducing the tragic circumstances form athletes at the high school, college and professional level suffering these debilitating concussions.