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08:03 AM ET 10.18 | In the eyes of Steelers linebacker James Harrison, a set of small, green, 1/8-inch-thick helmet inserts has cut his risk of concussion. The inserts are made of a coated form of Kevlar, a bullet-stopping DuPont fabric, and are able to cut the G-forces from helmet hits by about 25 percent, said Rob Vito, founder and CEO of Unequal Technologies. ... Harrison, who said he has suffered concussions "in the double digits" in the past, said he has been using the inserts, which are attached with adhesives to the lining of his helmet, since October 2011. Since then, he said, he has suffered no concussion symptoms. In a typical game in the past, he said, he might suffer four helmet collisions that were severe enough to "get your head ringing."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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October 18, 2012  08:08 AM ET

I'd rather see scientific evidence than take the word of a guy who has already had "double-digit" concussions.

October 18, 2012  08:08 AM ET

Hope it really does work. No reason not to constantly improve the safety equipment.

October 18, 2012  08:21 AM ET

with all the concussion talk, anything that can possibly help should be explored.

October 18, 2012  08:24 AM ET

I hope it works.

In the meantime, expect Harrison to get a fine from the NFL front office for endorsing a non-approved product (re: the league isn't getting a cut from DuPont).

October 18, 2012  08:41 AM ET

It's easy to avoid concussions when you don't play.

October 18, 2012  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I hope it works. In the meantime, expect Harrison to get a fine from the NFL front office for endorsing a non-approved product (re: the league isn't getting a cut from DuPont).

Is there anything Kevlar can't do? I have guns with Kevlar, skis, and parachute lines, not to mention body armor and vehicle parts. Great stuff, but having done business with DuPont in their Kalrez perflouroelastomers I can assure you nobody gets a piece of Duponts pie until they are done with it. I can easily see a $20,000 helmet if they start making them. Their pricing is brutal and shameless.

October 18, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Stop using your Head as a Ramming Pole, that might Help!

October 18, 2012  10:22 AM ET

I sure he is correct. Just play these thin wafer like cushions in your helmit and you will not get a concussion sitting on the bench.

October 18, 2012  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Stop using your Head as a Ramming Pole, that might Help!

I guess you have never played football. You think it's that easy to remember when you are trying to tackle a guy from getting a TD or at least a first down?

October 18, 2012  11:21 AM ET

The study should be conducted by Harrison trying to concusse the crap out of Browns receivers.

October 18, 2012  12:31 PM ET

So in Harrison's world, this just means he can spear people with his helmet even ahrder without fear of a concussion.

October 18, 2012  03:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I guess you have never played football. You think it's that easy to remember when you are trying to tackle a guy from getting a TD or at least a first down?

You got to be kidding me, I played 10 Years, jammed my Head Twice, both times I was hit from behind into another player, this guy uses his Helmet as part of his tackle, the bill will come in after he retires and I'm afraid to say, he might not be able to pay it!

 
October 18, 2012  05:17 PM ET

Easiest way to reduce head injuries is to go back to leather helmets with no mask. Concussions far less an issue in rugby and tackling is less head hunting.

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