NFL To Allow Head Impact Telemetry Study, an Important Step in Player Safety

January 17, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL has announced that it will be taking an important next step in the protection of its players.
A pilot program of the Head Impact Telemetry System will be utilized in the NFL for the first time and could be implemented as soon as next season.
It is a big step for the NFL, which had previously shown skepticism and reluctance toward impact studies, citing a myriad of reasons which one concussion expert called "excuses, not reasons, just bad excuses."
When an athlete suffers a concussion, the soft tissue of the brain impacts the inside of the skull. For some, blackout or memory loss is inevitable. For others, little or no change is observed. With no bones sticking out or external bleeding, it is an unseen injury.
Once, concussions were a badge of honor. The number of times a defender could knock out an opponent was tabulated both by coaches and eager fans. A player who could get smelling salts and jump right back into the huddle was a hero.
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