Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Rugby v. Football

Little noticed fact:

...the helmet is a device that enables greater risk taking on the football field, even as it provides a measure of protection from any given highlight-reel collision between players bigger, stronger, and faster than ever before. Such hits would be exceedingly rare were it not for helmets. The net result is that there is, paradoxically, a greater level of head injuries in today’s game with helmets. Indeed, other commentators note that the rates of concussions are lower in the rough and tumble sport of rugby – whose players wear no helmet than in American football.

Troy Aikman is calling for eliminating helmets in football....

HT: Catholic Thing

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