NFL, union re­lease re­sults of hel­met study

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK — The re­sults of an in­de­pen­dent study com­mis­sioned by the NFL and the play­ers’ union show mod­ern hel­mets meet all na­tional safety stan­dards, though it stressed that no hel­met can pre­vent con­cus­sions and that more stud­ies are nec­es­sary.

The re­sults come roughly three months af­ter a con­gres­sional com­mit­tee crit­i­cized the NFL’s re­search into equip­ment, par­tic­u­larly hel­mets, and ques­tioned whether player safety is in­deed be­ing given top pri­or­ity in an “in­fected sys­tem that needs to be cleaned up.”

“The study should be re­garded as an ini­tial step in learn­ing more about the ef­fec­tive­ness of safety equip­ment,” Good­ell said in his memo. “It is not a de­fin­i­tive state­ment on hel­met per­for­mance.”

The study, which be­gan last year, in­volved two in­de­pen­dent labs that tested each of the 16 com­mer­cially avail­able hel­mets for im­pacts sim­i­lar to what would be felt by an NFL player in the open field. Eight

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