Having the Most Tackles in the NFL May Have Pathological Consequences

This week, Science reported that retired professional football players are highly susceptible to delayed brain damage. These salient findings may force the NFL to consider the mandatory use of high-tech helmets currently used by Brown, Virginia Tech, and Dartmouth as part of a five-year study funded by the National Institute of Health; there’s a tracking device installed in the helmets that detects the amount and force of tackles, collides, hits, etc., and uploads the information onto a data acquisition system. Team trainers and doctors have real-time access to this data, and utilize it to determine the likelihood of a concussion, even if the machismo player juiced with endorphins feels great.


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