Technology today should help aid in the safety of the players. I sure hope for players’ sakes that this helmet proves beneficial.
I’m not an engineer, but I sat across the dinner table from one for 18 years. I don’t think that a helmet can do very much for concussion protection. The issue is not what happens outside the skull, it’s what happens inside, and no helmet can change that. Put an egg into a small jar with a screw-on top, tighten the lid and then shake it. The shell is going to break. That’s what a concussion is – shaking the brain inside the skull.
A quick demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrr1R7ftMYE
How will they tell if the helmet is effective for reducing the brain disease these older players are having? How will they know until 50 years from now? I wonder what the NFL will look like 50 years from now?
I don’t think they can tell. I read that as them hoping this limits the number of concussions, which might limit the number of players with CTE.