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How can the NFL reduce helmet-to-helmet hits?

What should the NFL do to curb the frequency of the violent helmet-to-helmet hits that too often result in concussions and other serious injuries?

Posted by Matt Brooks on October 19, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Undetectable damage

For every concussion diagnosed, further undetected brain damage is likely done. The NFL must enforce suspensions to discourage head hunting and the use of helmets as weapons by defensive players.

Posted by Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne, on October 19, 2010 10:44 AM

Use your head?

The NFL must set its policy on helmet-to-helmet hits with consideration to all lower levels of football where players are taught to emulate the physical play of professional stars.

Posted by Dr. Mark Adickes, on October 19, 2010 8:52 AM

Changing a defender's mindset

Rodney and James Harrison made it clear that some defenders are looking to hurt players with every hit. The only way to change that mentality is to actually enforce ejections and suspensions.

Posted by Joe Baker, on October 19, 2010 8:40 AM

What should the NFL do to reduce helmet-to-helmet hits?

What should the NFL do to limit the helmet-to-helmet hits that so often cause concussions and other serious injuries?

Posted by Reader Poll, on October 19, 2010 1:00 AM

Waiting on technology to catch up

Players are instructed and encouraged to make big hits, and a fine likely won't discourage them from doing so.

Posted by Anthony Stalter, on October 19, 2010 12:56 AM

More to be done

The NFL is paying greater attention to the serious health risks of concussions, but a simple rule change without more medical restrictions on a player's ability to return to the field following a concussion won't cut it.

Posted by Dr. Matthew Prowler, on October 19, 2010 12:30 AM

Head to head combat

The NFL is taking head injuries seriously and game suspensions should help limit helmet-to-helmet hits, but re-teaching tackling techniques to better protect players may be worth exploring as well.

Posted by Dawn Knight, on October 19, 2010 12:15 AM

A violent, dangerous game

Football is a violent and dangerous game, and at some point there's not much else the NFL can do to prevent head injuries.

Posted by Jason Brewer, on October 19, 2010 12:10 AM

Teaching "toughness"

Football players are taught from a young age that the game is about punishing and intimidating your opponent. Until that fundamental teaching changes, no amount of punishment will reverse the trend of dangerous hits to the head.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on October 19, 2010 12:00 AM

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