We all know that in the Park Cities football is the sport of kings. Or maybe just little princes. We also know that football is a rough, high-contact sport and players need to have excellent equipment to protect their bodies from injury. Especially their noggins. Head injuries in sports, particularly football, have been a major topic of discussion these past few months. The National Federation for High School Association’s Football Rules Committee strengthened guidelines prior to the 2010 season to reduce the risk of players getting serious head injuries by having more stringent testing on players before the season and after a blow to the head. Concussions are very top of mind (see how I did that?) for coaches, trainers, players and parents – regardless of the sport. Which is why I, along with many other HP football parents, bought a very expensive Riddell Revolution helmet for my son. Riddell claims that its helmet reduces concussions by 31%.
Now Riddell is under investigation by the FTC because, apparently, these claims are completely unsubstantiated. How does that make me feel? Angry and scared. I spent a fortune on a helmet thinking it was going to protect my son’s head in a football game. Now it sounds like a bunch of hooey.
Anyone care to weigh in on this?