Helmet-to-Helmet Hits

Before I begin, I feel compelled to make a confession: I used to absolutely LOVE the weekly segments of “Jacked Up” that would feature the most violent, bone-jarring hits that had happened on the most recent Sunday of NFL football. I always felt bad for the guy on the receiving end of them, but that didn’t stop me from appreciating the adrenaline rush of two people going from full throttle to an intense collision.

With recent findings, however, what has always been suspected has been confirmed. Concussions do lasting damage. The problem, of course, is that football is a contact sport. Many of the head-to-head collisions in games happen at the line of scrimmage. Others occur because, as mentioned earlier, there are two guys going at top speed and the hits happen too quickly for adjustments to be made.

Some, though, are preventable. Instead of tackling around the knees or otherwise completely wrapping up the ball carrier, defenders are lowering their heads as they go in for the hit. Receivers and running backs are doing likewise, which compounds the problem.

In my mind, rules punishing helmet-to-helmet hits would be smart. The majority of the guys playing this game are in their 20s, and football is a major, if not the top, priority. The NFL and the NCAA should take precautions of behalf of their employees so they can have their health longer into life.

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