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Old 01-04-2010, 12:43 AM   #1
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Default NFL looks to player safety with helmet study, possible rule changes

As the NFL moves into the playoffs, the league is searching for a safer helmet and considering offseason rule changes to provide more protection from concussions.

Congress is still on the NFL's case, too, and will examine head injuries in football again Monday, one day after the regular season ended and Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White was carted off the field because of a helmet-to-helmet collision in a game.

One researcher who recently conducted crash-dummy tests on five manufacturers' helmets for the NFL worries about what good will come of efforts to measure how much safer players are than they were a decade ago and understand where improvements could be made.

"There's some really frightening potential for how this data is used," David Halstead, of the Southern Impact Research Center, said in a telephone interview. "In other words -- and the NFL, I'm sure, wouldn't like me saying this -- my concern is that somebody makes a direct comparison and says, 'This helmet performed 40 percent better, so you're 40 percent less likely to be injured.' That's absolutely incorrect."
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: NFL looks to player safety with helmet study, possible rule changes

I'm all for the new helmets (whatever makes te players safer) but I am not on board with rule changes. I have heard talk of penalizing a running back for lowering his head. Thats a bit over the top.
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Default Re: NFL looks to player safety with helmet study, possible rule changes

They are going to call the rule. "The dirty cheapshot Steelers rule".
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