Material And The Design Of Football Helmets Essay

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Material Use in the Design of Football Helmets: Importance of helmets in concussion Prevention By: Luc E. Desroches 5/7/15 Introduction American football has been around for over one hundred years, and along with the sport has been the need to provide proper safety for the players. An assortment of padding has been instituted in the game that protects against most blunt trauma including blows to the shoulders, mid section, and legs. In an attempt to prevent fracture of the skull, helmets were designed. However, studies have shown that helmets do little to nothing to prevent concussive damage to the brain. A polycarbonate shell is used as the outer housing for regulation football helmets, but along with this material, the materials used on the inside of the helmet are just as, if not more, important. The purpose of this report is to analyze the materials used in current football helmet design and the improvements being made in the field of materials science in order to combat the severe number of concussions suffered by NFL players. Concussions There is a large amount of ambiguity when diagnosing concussions. Since there is no definitive test that can be run on the brain while a person is alive to determine if they have suffered a concussion, recording an accurate number of concussions is difficult in the NFL or any sport for that matter. A concussion, in the simplest terms, is a jarring of the brain that is caused by a blow to the head or body. Traditional thinking led
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