A major issue for the NFL (National Football League) today are the constant head injuries. These head injuries keep players off the field, but more significantly, these injuries cause problems in the brain which are very damaging to players’ health during and after their careers. The NFL has been trying to come up with ways that will make the game safer for players. This article that I found discusses a new technology that may be a step in the right direction to benefit players and the NFL.
This new technology is called Mitigatium. Basically it is a newly designed football helmet, which will decrease the impact of shock waves on the brain. This helmet has three layers. The first layer is very similar to the current helmets being used in the NFL. The second layer is made up of flexible plastic. The third layer is made up of a material similar to dried tar, which is supposed to absorb more shockwaves than the helmets today do. The prototype has been tested and only 20% of the shock waves that usually reach the brain are actually getting there.
This new technology is so beneficial for a litany of reasons. First of all, recently the NFL has had many lawsuits against them involving health care for past players. These players have received brain injuries during their time in the NFL and are now suffering the consequences from them. This has cost the NFL millions of dollars. Also, the NFL’s reputation has taken a big hit from these lawsuits and are faced with needing to find a solution before the popularity in the sport decreases. This new technology called Mitigatium can help. By using this “new and improved” helmet, there is a chance that brain and head injuries decrease making the sport safer to play. Players will also be able to live longer lives and will have a better quality of life, as opposed to the players who have suffered from these injuries and have Alzheimer’s and problems with their memory. This will encourage a younger generation to stick with the sport and continue to improve the NFL’s popularity. Also, this will help to decrease lawsuits in the long run and the NFL will be able to make more money because of it. Although it may cost the NFL, to pay for this technology it is well worth the price of increasing their popularity and the sport’s safety.
Mitigatium is a future technology that has many positive attributes for the business of the NFL and also for the benefit of football players. Not only will the NFL benefit from this technology but also any football player will, including youth football players. This is a technology that could affect society very positively as a whole and I’m interested to see, if this technology is used in the NFL, how it will change the game of football.