Pro Football players in the NFL are bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before. All of these characteristics increase the acceleration, force, and energy associated with contact between players. When this contact occurs to the head it can translate into a concussion or just contribute to an ongoing series of cumulative smaller injuries.
Evidence is mounting that concussions or cumulative injuries have serious long-term effects. This long-term effect applies not only to football, but also things like battlefield blast loading and similar events.
Discussion on sensor technology and helmet improvements.
Reference articles with further information:
- Football Helmet Designs
- Football Helmet Sensors
- Football Smart Helmets
- Player Health Research Kit
- Whats Football Helmet