Originally posted by HearstFan:
Wow, I'm not sure I'd even take him late -- would hate to #1 lose the player, and #2 contribute to possible long-term brain damage.
BUT, Remember when Steve Wallace (49ers OL / LT) was having concussion issues and they fitted him with a foam pad over the outside of the helmet to help absorb blows to the head? Why don't more players that have concussion issues do that? It's no different than wearing a knee brace.
If he learns to avoid big hits, he should be ok. He'd have to check out medically, of course.
I imagine the kids think it looks stupid and makes them look like a wimp. I don't know how effective it really is anyway... the trauma occurs from the brain bashing into your skull, which can happen from sudden deceleration without any contact to the head. Granted, most concussions do involve head impact.