NFL, union release results of helmet study
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