Originally Posted by Double Barrel
There is enough money and focus on this issue that I think some type of break-through technologies are in the not-to-distant future.
CloakNNNdagger mentioned brain airbags, maybe facetiously, but I think there will be some kind of genetic and/or other tech that comes along to "upgrade" players to reduce the effects of traumatic head impact.
The NFL is trying a 'grassroots' effort right now to teach correct mechanics to little league players. But the head sloshing around in the skull will still be the same. The only way they can truly protect the brain will be something that is inside the skull, not outside of it.
You don't need brain airbags, you just need to disarm players by taking away their ridiculously hard plastic shells that cover their heads. Nobody is going to run into a brickwall head first with hard foam helmets. The fact is, defensive players use their helmets as a weapon, like a battering ram, to inflict maximum damage on the other player. If you take that away, you will see guys adapt and use their shoulder or make heads-up tackles instead. It's extremely difficult to go head-hunting with your shoulderpads.