An investigation on padding pressure in football helmets
A higher padding pressure in football helmets will lower the force of impact experienced by players during head-on collisions.
American football is a popular team sport in the United States. It is also known as Gridiron which is an umbrella term used to refer to similar codes of football in some countries outside North America. This sport is very competitive as it involves both physical play and team strategy. A game will require two teams, a football field, a ball and necessary protective gears for the players.
The football helmet is the most important protective gear and is required for all levels of the game. It is molded using a very hard plastic, and contains a thick padding in its inner walls, a chin strap, a face guard that is made using either metal or plastic bars, and sometimes, a visor to protect the player’s eyes. Inspite of the protection offered by football helmets, players still suffer from head injuries and concussions.
When a head-on collision occurs between two players, the force of the impact is applied directly to the point or area of contact. Such collisions can cause serious injuries if head helmets are not worn. By wearing football helmets, the force of the collision will be transferred to the outer surface of the helmet, after which it will be spread along the inner surface of the helmet. This distribution of force reduces the impact to the player’s head and will therefore reduce the seriousness of any injuries.
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