|November 15, 2013||Concussions Caused By Helmets?||no comments|
Concussions are more common than people think, especially in contact sports. As time passes, and technology advances, helmets have become more safe than ever. This happens to be the biggest reason players injure their heads. The average contact sport athlete uses their head to block, hit, tackle, and ram into other players, because they believe they are protected by their helmets
Each sport has a specific helmet, designed to protect the head from injuries that happen during that sport. Some sports, however, do not require helmets. Basketball, rugby, golf, tennis, soccer, and baseball have either limited or no helmet requirements on the playing field. Hard contact sports, such as football, hockey, lacrosse, and others, have helmets specifically designed to prevent concussions and injuries, but a similar percent of concussions as the no-helmet sports.
Comparing rugby and football, similar style contact sports, rugby uses no helmet to protect their head, and football uses special helmets to prevent concussions, but according to a 2008 study, they both have almost the same concussion rate. Shouldn't it be lower in football and higher in rugby?
Why don't the sports that use helmets have a smaller number or no concussions at all? The reason, many believe, is that more concussions happen because the players use their heads as a weapon. Lacrosse helmets, football helmets, and hockey helmets shouldn't be used as a weapon, because a player's most precious asset is inside it.
If a lacrosse player were to play a full game without anyone wearing lacrosse equipment or padding, chances are there would still be injuries. The athletes would most likely be conscious of the possibility of serious injury, and play more gently, though. Hockey players probably would have fewer injuries, football players would probably not run headfirst into another player, and there wouldn't be anyone hitting opposing team members in the head with lacrosse sticks either.