Report: NFL offering $10 million for helmet innovations
The National Football League plans on having some players wearing head impact sensors in their helmets this season in order to help protect players from concussions, reports USA Today.
The league launched a $10 million incentive program that will reward people who come up with improved shock absorbent materials for helmets and other technologies to hopefully help protect players from concussions.
The NFL reached a tentative $765 million settlement with more than 4,500 former players who sued the league claiming the NFL knowingly failed to protect them from concussions and other head injuries.
“We’re talking about using new products in ways they haven’t been used before to provide better protection,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said via USA Today.
“Our goal is that by midseason we will have some teams geared up,” University of North Carolina researcher and a member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, Kevin Guskiewicz said.
Guskiewicz said sensor data was vital in 2011 when the league moved kickoffs from the 30-yard line to the 35 in an effort to reduce collisions on kickoff returns.