Sports Science: NFL Concussions and helmet to helmet collisions

“Sport Science: NFL Concussions and Helmet to Helmet Collisions.” YouTube. YouTube, 20 Oct. 2010. Web. 03 Mar. 2013.

Concussions are not exclusive to American football, although it is the most covered sport as it relates to concussions.  This is a good time to note that in the United States the next most concussive sport, is soccer, the number one sport in the world. Over 100,000 concussions in all level of football. Sixty percent of these come from head to head collisions. On an impact just lasting 15 mila seconds a players head on average experiences a 100 G’s of force and collision of special teams average about 190 G’s of force.  The most shocking facts to me is that this 15 mila second collision is equivalent to being hit in the head with a sledge hammer.

As you know concussions are becoming an epidemic and the effects can be traumatic. In the last 10 years the average number of days a concussed player is out has more than doubled. Even with new helmet technology today they were only able to reduce an 80 G impact to 40 G’s. This is still several times worse than what a F16 pilot experiences and more than enough to cause a concussion or even a neck fracture.

The most shocking fact to me out of all of this was in the 15 mila second collision the force of the hit is equivalent to getting hit in the head with a sledge hammer. This just goes to show how traumatic a concussion can be. I have known people who received a concussion while playing soccer and forcing them to stay out not only for days, but for months. Concussions can be a very dangerous and life changing event, but there is only so much you can do to prevent them.

 

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