New Professional Football Rules: No Helmet to Helmet Contact

As football season begins, you may be inspired to spend a lot more time playing organized games either on a team or with friends and family. To keep the fun going all season long, be sure that you are aware of all the proper safety rules, including a new rule from the professional football world banning helmet to helmet contact. It would be wise to take a cue from the professionals and follow this rule at whatever level you are playing to keep you and your teammates safe from head injuries like concussions.

New Rules

Though there have been head-protecting rules in professional football for quite some time, the latest 2012 additions make regulations even more stringent. These add to the list of players that it is illegal to hit in the head or neck area, called “defensive players,” so that the protected include defensive players on crack-back blocks.

The Dangers of Concussion

A concussion is a mild head injury caused by a strong, sudden force applied to the head. The most common physical symptoms will often occur immediately after the trauma, and include a headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, issues with balance and coordination, and light sensitivity. A sufferer may also experience confusion, dizziness, and irritability. Occasionally, their speech may be slurred or not make much sense. Though most concussions can be treated with rest alone, the dangers of repeated incidents are potentially quite เว็บตรงทางเข้า ufabet harmful, though ill understood. It is well believed that each successive concussion will be more serious and more difficult to treat than the last, and thought that several concussions throughout a lifetime can cause long-term memory loss, depression, and even an increased likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease earlier in life.

Kids’ Games

The head safety rules should go double if you are playing a family game with kids, or are supervising a kids’ game. Each player should definitely be wearing a helmet, without exceptions, and helmet to helmet contact should not be permitted in any situation. The raised level importance of helmet safety in children’s games is due to the fact that their brains are still in their developing stages. This means that suffering a head injury like a concussion is even more likely to severely and potentially permanently damage cognitive functions. Though it is always great for kids to be staying outdoors and active by throwing the football around, we can all agree that no good, rowdy game is worth a lifetime of brain damage.