To those people who are up to date in news, you may have noticed that the NFL is under a lot of heat for the danger it is promoting to our youth, and the risk that those who play are facing. Head trauma is a serious issue that all players face, and with the assistance of new technologies we are able to see the harrowing brain injuries that occur when these head-to-head collisions take place. So, like the typical Americans, we are trying to create a safe football while also attempting to maintain the integrity of this beloved sport.
How do we do this? Back in 1943 people began to realize that running around being hit without a helmet was not the smartest thing to do. Because of this, that year the NFL officially made it required to wear a helmet while playing. But now we must do more. One spokesperson suggested removing all hitting entirely. Excuse me? Big hits and the ability to avoid a big hit is half of the sport. That would change the game too much. So, the compromise is that we need to make our helmets safer. It is clear that there is only one solution. We must remove the helmets.
Now I know what you’re thinking; “Why would we remove the one thing that is keeping people safe?” But in reality, helmets are hurting our players more. It is not the physical helmet that is causing trouble; rather it is the mindset that the players enter while wearing it. They feel invincible. They started off just being more comfortable with harder hits. But from there it transformed into even harder hits, and then onto head-to-head collisions. What would happen if helmets were removed? The answer is quite obvious. These players would be so afraid that they would get seriously injured that they would stop hitting with their head, and therefore have fewer injuries.
So, how do we make our helmets safer? We make them disappear.