Do Helmets Actually Protect Against Concussions?

Every player has to wear one, but it’s not clear they’re doing their job.

By Alain StephensOctober 3, 2016 12:29 pm,

Every Friday, thousands upon thousands of Texans embark on an activity that has evolved into an almost ritual-like pastime: watching high school football.

While many young athletes have basked in the glory of the limelight, lately players and fans alike have turned their attention to  what’s going on under the helmet.

Matt Wixon, reporter for the Dallas Morning News, wrote about the threat of concussions on the future of football in a feature called “The Helmet Conundrum.”

“The big problem with the football helmet is it can do a lot of great things,” Wixon says, “but it cannot prevent a concussion.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– The kinds of brain damage that today’s helmets can’t safeguard against

– How helmets have improved over time

Post by George Economos.