Plaxico Burress Believes Lighter Helmets Are Causing Increase in Concussions

September 30, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Former NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress stated Monday that he thinks the league's current helmets are actually having a negative effect in terms of the number of concussions players suffer.
Jay Busbee of Yahoo Sports passed along comments Burress made during an appearance on the Opie with Jim Norton radio show. The 38-year-old wideout, who last played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, believes things have changed for the worse in recent years.
"These guys [that are making hits] are so big and so fast," Burress said. "It really wasn't happening that much when I was playing. I think it has something to do with these new helmets they're using. You can't convince me that a lighter helmet is better."
The violent collisions he references usually generate the most attention. Yet recent research suggests those looking into the concussion problem are more concerned about smaller, repeated hits to the head.
Jason M. Breslow of PBS provided the results of a probe by the De...

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