Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambopersonal injury workers' compensation
Call Us Today For A FREE Consultation 888-854-6895
Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo personal injury workers' compensation

university of north carolina sets standard for head injury protection in football

Over the last few weeks I have posted on the dilemma facing coaches and parents about the risks associated with the game of football. I am talking of course about the continuing dialogue across the country concerning whether or not the game of football needs significant change when it comes to how players tackle and block. Just yesterday we watched an Indianapolis Colt taken off the field on a stretcher with a head injury. My last post examined the football helmet industry who have not made any significant changes in helmet design in over 30 years. Every athletic director, coach and trainer who has been interviewed agree on one thing - football is not played the same way today as it was 30 years ago. Kids are bigger, stronger and use different techniques which make them more likely to get hurt. The University of North Carolina has been using a new type of technology installed into helmets for the last 6 years. The system is called HIT, which stands for Head Impact Telemetry. Yes, a computer inside the helmet which registers the amount of acceleration taking place during impact. The New York Times click here reported this weekend on the Tar Heels success with this program. The helmet measures the forces and location of every hit which can then be analyzed and used to train players how not to hit. Trainers sit down with players at UNC and go over the data. They can tell when kids drop their heads before impact and teach them how to avoid these kinds of hits. Part of the problem is that players have very little live contact practice before games in order to avoid injury. Kind of dumb - if players are hitting so hard during practice that there is fear of injury then someone needs to analyze why this is happening. It was reported that impacts to the heads of players can be equivalent to a car hitting a brick wall at 35 mph. Now here's the bad part. This system cost about $1000 per helmet which makes it prohibitive for many schools. But, it does show that the ball can be advanced and making this sport safer for our kids can happen.  I say "cudos" to the Tar Heels and "in your face" to the helmet industry, who last week reported they were afraid of making helmets safer for fear of law suits. Maybe a good shot to their corporate heads will wake them up. Dennis F Feeley      

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
get your free consultation

Take The First Step To Protecting Your Rights Get Your FREE Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

map-image map-image map-image map-image

Bethlehem Office
2851 Baglyos Circle
Suite 200
Bethlehem, PA 18020

Toll Free: 888-854-6895
Phone: 610-295-5321
Fax: 610-332-2722
Bethlehem Law Office Map

Allentown Office
801 Hamilton Street
5th Floor
Allentown, PA 18101

Toll Free: 888-854-6895
Phone: 610-295-5321
Allentown Law Office Map

Whitehall Office
352 5th Street, Suite C
Whitehall, PA 18052

Toll Free: 888-854-6895
Phone: 610-295-5321
Whitehall Law Office Map

Stroudsburg Office
706 Monroe St.
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Stroudsburg Law Office Map

Call Us Today For A
Free Consultation