Reserve Team Starter
- Dec 9, 2019
I appreciate that. Helmets worn in amateur boxing and both rugby codes are of the padded type. The jury is out on how effective they are at preventing brain/head injuries. Let's face it, many of those who do wear helmets in league or union are trying to avoid cosmetic damage to their ears. Little else!I wasn't thinking of helmets of the sort worn in gridiron, rather the padded type which would not hurt opposing players.
Not just contact sports.I chose to not have children but, if I had any, given the evidence available, would I discourage them from taking up a contact sport?
There is little doubt that the number of cricketers struck on the head since the introduction of helmets has increased. There are a number of factors: increased target (for want of a better word) area; change of technique - previously it was all about avoidance, now the fear factor has lessened and players get into line more and play forward more; tailenders no longer protected by the 'fast bowlers union'.There is a strand of thought suggesting the wearing of helmets actually increases risk. Gridiron and amateur boxing, for example, are two sports for which the wearing of helmets is compulsory yet brain injury disease outcomes in both is well known.
Geoff Hurst thinks the way they used to train for heading a ball had more of an impact than actual match day. Plus, the balls nowadays are how much lighter?I was looking at some figures for ex-footballers with dementia recently and, on the face of it, they are damning.
These factors need to be investigated. Also while the ball may be lighter, can it travel faster, meaning that the force the ball applies to the head is not reducedGeoff Hurst thinks the way they used to train for heading a ball had more of an impact than actual match day. Plus, the balls nowadays are how much lighter?
I didn't think the weight of the ball (at the start of the game) had changed since those days. In old money it had to be between 14 and 16 ounces.Plus, the balls nowadays are how much lighter?
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