Found November 14, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
Ryan Clark has decided to change helmets after knocking himself out of two straight games with apparent concussions. Clark currently wears the old model Riddell football helmet that is still very popular among many players in the league, but he has decided to make a change. He will now be wearing the Riddell Revolution football helmet, the same model that Troy Polamalu wears. You can see the differences between the two helmets below: In 2006 Riddell performed a study on their new helmets and announced that the revolution helmet was safer and that player who used the helmet were 31% less likely to suffer a concussion. This is the first helmet that was ever made with the strict intent of cutting down on concussions. So why does the NFL, who consistently talks about player safety and reducing concussions, not force all players to use the readily available revolution helmet? Who knows. Ryan Clark has made a large amount of punishing hits during his NFL career and will likely pay the price down the road. The hope is to remove that part of the game for the future generations of football players. There are helmets made by Riddell, Schutt and the outside padded helmet that have all been proven to be safer, but the NFL still hasn’t made them mandatory for players to use under their player safety rules. It’s very possible that the NFL will be forced to use a new form of helmet in the future, but for now the Riddell Revolution helmet is one of the safest bets for players and may keep Ryan Clark safer for the final years of his career. It is still possible to suffer a concussion with a revolution helmet, but the designed padding is made to put less strain on the head even on normal hits and reduces the likelihood of concussions which makes it a smart choice. There have already been NFL players who have used outside padded helmets to reduce concussions. Mark Kelson started four Super Bowl games at safety for the Bills with an outside padded helmet to help keep from having concussions and it worked. He played a full career and was a very good player for the Bills. His helmet may have looked a little funny, but he kept his head safe and played in the NFL so I doubt he really cares. If the NFL can get their act together they could make a huge difference with concussions. A combination of the Revolution helmet and the outside padding could create the safest helmet the NFL has ever seen and isn’t that exactly what they are looking for? The post Ryan Clark Will Start Wearing the Riddell Revolution Helmet Like Troy Polamalu appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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