A lot of football players often suffer concussions because their sports usually involve contact. Concussions are brain injuries caused by a blow to an individual’s head, which may or may not result in the loss of consciousness.
These injuries sometimes cause temporary cognitive symptoms and have no specific cure. Concussion symptoms include confusion, headaches, loss of memory, lack of coordination, nausea and vomiting, ringing in the ears, dizziness, excessive fatigue and sleepiness.
Data from a 2017 study found that 99% of tested NFL players, 91% of college football players and 88% of CFL players suffered from various stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This is a progressive brain condition that develops as a result of repeated concussions.
The risk of developing this condition is heightened by not wearing a guardian cap, which is why the NFL mandated that Guardian Caps be worn during practice earlier this year. Recently released data shows that in comparison to the previous three-year average, concussions among players in the NFL who wore Guardian Cap equipment decreased by more than 50% this summer.
The approved resolution required that defensive linemen, offensive linemen, linebackers and tight ends wear Guardian Caps during practice between the beginning of training camp and the second preseason game. Historically, rates of concussion recorded during this period have been elevated. At the time of the resolution’s approval, 11 concussions had been recorded among the aforementioned position groups. Six of these concussions were caused by contact to the face mask, which isn’t protected by the Guardian Cap. The previous three-year average for players in those position groups in the same time period stood at 23.
The executive VP of communications, public affairs and policy of the NFL, Jeff Miller, stated that concussions among players in other positions remained unchanged. He added that the cap’s performance exceeded the NFL’s expectations, especially with regard to the number of concussions recorded.
Even after the mandate expired, roughly 200 players continued to wear Guardian Caps. Currently, no final decision about the use of these safety equipment in 2023 and beyond has been made. However, the NFL remains focused on working with the NFL Players Association to address feedback from coaches, players and equipment managers. This comes after some issues with fit and sizing were raised. Miller emphasized that the NFL planned to resolve these issues before the league was ready to make a commitment for next season, adding that league officials were optimistic that the equipment would improve the health and safety of the athletes.
Attention from companies such as Odyssey Health Inc. (OTC: ODYY) is also being directed toward finding better ways to treat concussion. A time may come when athletes no longer suffer the long-term debilitating effects of brain injuries incurred during their playing days.
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