It is no secret that football is one of the roughest sports around, contributing
to numerous concussions and other injuries among players every year. While
many of these injuries have been attempted to be mitigated through the
use of safety equipment and helmets, the effectiveness of this equipment
has been questionable at best. If recent research is to be believed, however,
football helmets may actually be a cause of
brain injuries – causing helmet manufacturers to come under fire.
a recent article published in the New York Times, football helmets may contribute to the occurrence of brain injuries due
to a phenomenon called the Peltzman effect. Named after the economist
Sam Peltzman, the Peltzman effect suggests that the use of safety gear
tends to provide its users with a false sense of security and cause them
to act less carefully, causing them to engage in more risky behaviors
which may lead to injury. In the case of football, football helmets can
cause players to feel protected and increase their chances of leading
with their heads, rather than their bodies.
An interesting example of this phenomenon can be seen when examining the
number of injuries occurring between rugby and football. Professional
rugby, a sport which uses very little safety gear and is in many cases
rougher than football, exposes players to far more tackles per game than
football, though has a much lower rate of concussions. Modern football
seven concussions per 10 games, whereas rugby has only 2.5.
Can Helmet Manufacturers Be Sued?
As a result of this trend, many ex-football players have taken to filing
lawsuits against helmet manufacturers – particularly NFL helmet
behemoth Riddell, Inc. – over injuries sustained during their careers
which allegedly should have been prevented by the helmets. One such lawsuit
filed by former Steelers Pro Bowl receiver Yancey Thigpen and 13 other
players claims that the company failed to properly warn players of the
long-term health risks of concussions that the company’s products
claimed to prevent, causing them to sustain permanent brain damage over time.
Suffered a Brain Injury? Contact Kyle Law Firm
If you or a loved one has suffered a sports-related brain injury at the
hands of an irresponsible equipment manufacturer, player, or coach, you
may be entitled to compensation. At Kyle Law Firm, our New Braunfels brain
injury attorneys have recovered millions on behalf of injured clients
and can provide the powerhouse advocacy you need to ensure your best interests
We want to hear your story. Call (830) 476-7780 today to discuss your claim