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July 27th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Are football helmets getting safer?


Footballs are shown with Jacksonville Jaguars helmets on November 26, 2006. (Getty Images/File)

(CNN) – Across the country, thousands of high school kids are about to strap on the shoulder pads as they get ready for a new season on the gridiron. College students and professionals are right behind them. The most critical piece of football gear is the helmet, of course. And the NFL just released the results of safety tests on 16 helmet models. Three of the models tested were rated "top performers." Neurologist Dr. Robert Cantu is a senior adviser to the NFL's committee on head injuries. Dr. Cantu is concerned that making that information public gives the wrong impression. He joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to discuss whether football helmets protect enough. Watch Video


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  1. ConcernedPerson

    I personally know ex college and professional football players. One was a pro offensive lineman. He is hard of hearing and worries about the head trauma over the course of his playing days. Though he never had a concussion, he says the explosive banging of the helmets is deafening on each play, and the constant head banging, even in a helmet, can give u a headache that they all just play through – NO ONE wants to complain or be a sissy, because some other guy is waiting his turn to take your spot.

    Personally, I never encouraged my kids to play football. I would not have prevented them, but fortunately they never wanted to do so. Even in hi school I have seen neck injuries that have sidelined kids FOR LIFE, knees blown out, shoulders blown out. Orthopedic surgeons and clinics have entire businesses dedicated to JUST HI SCHOOL football injuries and recovery. IT IS great MONEY – but at the kids entire life expense.

    July 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm |