Concussions are a huge deal in the National Football League right now. Former players are suing the league about unknown risks and head trauma is in the news a lot.
The NFL are doing all they can right now to try and stop concussions happening on the field of play, as well as doing everything possible to make sure that when players do get lit up they aren't allowed back on the field of play.
But with concussion detection being such a subjective view made by doctors who work for the teams, the NFL is jumping at ways that could be made more easier to diagnose.
After years of testing at a high school and youth football level, Reebok have finally unveiled their newest creation to the public, essentially a “concussion checklight” that alerts coaches on the sidelines after a big impact hit by changing color ranging from red to orange to green depending on severity of the hit.
How well the invention would work in practice would still have to be proven. It received a Corporate Entrepreneur Award this week and the NFL have reportedly asked for more info on it with a view on incorporating it into their uniforms.
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Rovell, ESPN's Sports Business reporter then went on to say that the deal with Nike wouldn't actually stop the equipment from getting out onto the field. So it seems there is one thing that the NFL does view above sponsorships and it is the threat of lawsuits.
It might not be perfect, but these are the types of innovations that football organizations should continue to seek. Good on Reebok and the other multiple companies that are also looking to make a big breakthrough in the head health game. In fact, the Army have created something that is turning heads as well.