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Alexander asked in SportsFootball (American) · 2 months ago

Football injuries: Doesn't a concussion involve the brain hitting the inside of the skull? How can any helmet design prevent that?

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Helmet suddenly stops moving, skull suddenly stops moving, brain hits inside of skull. Soft or hard materials in the helmet only protect the surface of the skull and cushion the sudden stop a miniscule amount. Right?

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  • 2 months ago

    Soft materials don't just protect the surface. It's about momentum. It slows the momentum and impact of the brain on the skull. 

    The helmet and skull don't suddenly stop moving at the same time. The helmet plastic exterior stops, but the skull pushes into the padding of the helmet slowing the impact of the brain. So it isn't as abrupt. Think of it as an airbag in a car accident. The car hits a wall and is suddenly stopped. But, you go into the airbag before coming to a stop. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It can do that by absorbing the energy of the impact. For example, a bumper car in an amusement park has rubber and spring-loaded shock absorbers surrounding the car. They absorb the energy of the impact, so that the occupants will not be banged around inside the car even though they are not restrained by a seat belt. Put rubber around the outside of the helmet and the rubber can absorb a lot of the impact force instead of transmitting it to the head. Right now helmets rely on cushion inside it to absorb the energy but it is not enough.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Helmets provide little or no protection from concussions.  Concussions can lead to severe problems later in life.  extreme dementia and lowered intellect are just two issues that can arise.  If you want a vivid demonstration of these problems, just watch a Joe Biden speech.

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  • Jon
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You're absolutely correct. They need to maybe drill a hole in the skull, inject a type of expandable foam.....and hope it doesn't kill the brain....

    trivia; football as we know it will end as soon as they can diagnose CTE in living victims

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  • 2 months ago

    It can't.  But it can protect you from having a broken skull.

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  • Andy C
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It's all in the padding.

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