THE SPIKE AND FOOTBALL CONCUSSIONS. This article entitled “Football helmets are creating more problems than they solve” by Todd Halslop on the Sporting News website from May of 2015 identifies an important aspect of football’s concussion problem. Halslop begins his article: “That helmet changes everything….The piece of equipment developed to protect the player is instead a fateful hazard.” Would players be safer without helmets.? In addition to football discussions, Halslip cites discussions in cycling and motor cycling journals of the idea that helmets increase risk-taking behavior.

You may recognize the idea of The Spike. I posted here on the argument by some economists that more safety protection will lead to greater risks being taken. Wearing a safety belt will lead to a driver taking more risks. A large spike in the center of the steering wheel would reduce accidents.

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