[QUOTE=PaPZ187;3530184]That's a very good point, these new type of helmets are suppose to lessen the blow of a big hit and help prevent concussions, I am assuming he will be wearing one this year, it can be vital to him not only playing in the NFL, but more importantly his life after the NFL as well.[/QUOTE]
It's all about physics and the transfer of kinetic energy. These new "revolution" helmets significantly lessen the kinetic energy transfered from a big hit to the brain. The brain is sensitive to vibration so keeping the shock wave away from the crown or jaw of the player is essential.
The helmets work but increasing the amount of absorbing plastic to one area of the helmet and reducing it in other parts. Long gone are the days of simply padding a helmet beyond belief and hoping the player is okay. When the helmet is hit from the frontal lobe all the way to the back the helmets crumple zones flex. And with the way the helmet is designed it actually bends the helmet away from the skull. when the helmet is in the process of flexing and bending off of the skull the specially placed deadening material acts as that little rubber piece on most tennis rackets to quickly absorb the vibrations. In the end it's better that the rubber deadening material soaks up the kinetic energy and vibrations instead of that being soaked up by the players brain.
Another way to significantly reduce concussions is a fairly simple one. Shock absorbing mouth guards [IMG]http://legendfight-gear.com/contents/media/shock%20doctor%20power%20gel%20max%20mouth%20guards.jpg[/IMG]