While each football season brings excitement, camaraderie, and fun, it also brings new cases of head injuries or concussions.
And for some reason, football related head injuries and concussions have been in the news lately. Just this week, several former NFL players, including Jim McMahon, sued the NFL and others about the link between concussions and football. And just a couple of months ago, I wrote a post about new studies showing a link between football-related brain injuries and dementia.
The one thing about all these stories is that it makes parents and players aware — and that awareness is good. While you’ll never be able to eliminate the risk of head injuries and concussions in football, there are some precautions that you can do to minimize the risk. For example, Virginia Tech University has been doing excellent research on the safety of football helmets. They have recently released a website showing the findings of those studies, including listing the helmets that they think best minimize the risk of football-related head injuries.
If you have a child participating in football, take a few minutes to look at these and other resources that can help inform you about the risks of concussions. Those few minutes, and the resulting action, could help your child for years into the future.