This company hopes car safety will curb football concussions. This helmet from VICIS has an outer skin and “crumple zones,” which serve to distribute the impact — similar to cars that “crumple” during a collision. Normally helmet shells are made of rigid plastics, so the impact of a hit would actually carry through to the operator — older, less safe cars had the same problem.
Football-related head injuries are very common, and a recent study of former football players found that 89% of them exhibited signs of brain damage, including 99% of NFL players studied and 91% of college players.
According to Bloomberg, VICIS currently has $10 million in funding, including $500k from the NFL. Their helmet currently costs $950, which is down from its original price of $1500. This means that colleges and the NFL could hypothetically afford them — but most youth leagues probably can’t.
Regardless of the price, teams should absolutely be making their players’ health a larger priority.