Do Helmets Really Prevent Concussions?

In the world of college football, we see the ever-changing trend of helmets with companies introducing new styles almost every year. These are important pieces of equipment that are required, especially considering the potential for head-on-head collisions during a game.

However, what should be considered is whether or not these helmets are effective in preventing players from suffering concussions. Are players truly protected with the use of helmets? Here are some things to consider regarding helmets, how they work, and what they can protect.

How a Helmet Works to Protect a Player

A helmet is made up of a number of parts, including a hard shell, stiff foam, jaw pads, foam liner, air liner, and a face mask. All of these work together to lessen the impact of a shot to the head during a football game or practice.

The most current helmets help with direct impact, but there’s more to it than that when it comes to causing a concussion. It’s important for individuals to understand what exactly can happen because of helmet-to-helmet collisions, even with helmets present.

More Protection Against TBI, Not Concussions

Because of the current design of these helmets, there is more protection against traumatic brain injuries instead of concussions. This is because the design protects from the direct impact of the collision, or the translational movements of an impact that cause significant injuries such as brain bleeds and fractures.

However, helmets do not help protect from rotational movements, which are more likely the cause of concussions. Helmets help reduce the impact of force, but there is very little to protect from rotational head movement, and concussions are still very common.

At Shrader & Associates L.L.P., we recognize the need for further protections to prevent serious injuries such as concussions. While it’s good to have the protection from serious traumatic brain injuries, concussions can still lead to long-term problems.

Our sports injury lawyers work to help you navigate the legal process if you’ve sustained significant brain injuries as a result of negligence in sports, especially college football. Learn more about how we may be able to help you today.

Contact us at (844) 394-9223 today and discuss your potential case with our team.