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Tips For Betting On NFL Football – Can Football Be Made Safer?

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/17/2012 5:25:54 PM

When people in the online sports betting legal realm discuss the sport of football, they will almost inevitably touch on the dollars involved in a massive and highly visible industry, one that conducts a very public form of high-stakes poker games each Saturday (the collegiate version) or Sunday (the professional version) each and every Autumn. In order for this industry to survive and thrive on a long-term basis – 30, 40 or 50 years into the future – it has to be made at least somewhat safer. The concussions and brain traumas that are more widely identified and reported on in the modern age of football have shined a spotlight on how brutal and dangerous this sport is. Football reduces life expectancies, and repeated concussive events can turn a 35-year-old's brain into the brain of an 85-year-old person, leading to all sorts of health complications and, in some cases, suicide due to a combination of disintegrating mental faculties and severe whole-body pain that individuals just can't withstand on a long-term basis. There has to be a way – or a few ways – in which to make this sport safer for all of its participants.

People interested in football betting need to realize that all the regulations in the world about late hits or blows to the head are piecemeal solutions, necessary within their own sphere or scope of influence but hardly a full response to the problem of brain trauma. What football really needs to do is to find the kind of helmet that can simultaneously protect one's own head from being injured when delivering a hit and yet also cushion a player's head from severe impact when receiving a hit. The helmet has to be made less of a weapon, less of an instrument of blunt force, and yet it also needs to be transformed into a truly protective shell, one that can insulate the brain from severe injuries. Helmet technology has to become the sport's number one focus; it's true that the creation of a hard helmet – replacing the old and flapping leather helmet of the 1920s – began to prevent on-field deaths in what was a crude and primitive version of the sport we see today, but now helmet technology needs to find yet another reincarnation, a reinvention of itself.

The sweet spot in terms of helmet safety that designers are trying to arrive at is one in which the inner part of the helmet is cushioned so that the head does not feel the full force of impact when a hit is either delivered or received. This cushion is supposed to be blended with a hard outer shell of the helmet, one that can resist force while not being used as a weapon in and of itself. It's true that new helmets have small and purposely designed holes so that air can flow into and through a helmet area, giving needed oxygen to a person in case he is paralyzed and lies on the ground without the ability to have his helmet removed. This ability to oxygenate the head and the brain inside it represents a step forward in helmet technology. However, the NFL still needs to devote more attention to getting a newer, better kind of helmet that can cushion the brain against big hits.



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