Players are bigger, faster and stronger than ever. The equipment players wear gives them enough protection to create a feeling of invincibility. Many players live for the “big hit.” Even the more careful athlete is vulnerable to a head injury every time he walks onto the field and dons a helmet.
We know more today than ever about concussions and how the brain bouncing around inside a football helmet can become damaged just from repeated normal blocking and tackling impacts. For a great and quick visual history of what we know see this.
As a consequence of the long term effects we now see from many of these head injuries more and more parents are pulling their kids out of football altogether. Prognosticators say that the game just has to change dramatically, especially for youngsters and teenagers. The constant banging of heads just is not good for anyone, but especially the growing and developing brain of a child.
If your child is going to play or has already suffered a concussion playing, you want to focus upon the helmet he was provided to assure he had or will have the maximum protection. Xenith now makes a state of the art helmet with shock absorbers designed to lessen the impact to a players head and brain. All schools and youth organizations should have these helmets for all young people playing the game. Failure to use this state of the art helmet could very well be negligence. If your child has suffered a head injury playing football this is something definitely worth looking into.