Daniel Thomas returns from second concussion with oversized helmet

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As Reggie Bush aims for the NFL rushing title, one factor working in his favor is the sudden rash of concussions experienced by second-year tailback Daniel Thomas.

Thomas has had two concussions this year.  Given that he plays a position that will expose him to as much contact as a giant magnet in an anvil factory, there could be more.

According to Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald, Thomas will be taking extra precautions as he returns to practice following his most recent brain injury.  Per Beasley, Thomas will wear an oversized helmet aimed at minimizing brain trauma.

The specific mechanism has yet to be identified.  In past years, players like Mark Kelso and Steve Wallace (pictured) wore foam caps over their helmets.  This extra padding, which attaches to the outside of the helmet, provides further cushion against impact from other helmets or knees.

Most players avoid such devices because of their appearance.  Moreover, no amount of padding on the inside or outside of a helmet will alter the impact a brain makes against the inside of the skull when the head suddenly stops moving.

Predictably, Thomas says he’s not concerned about the long-term risks of concussions.  Few current football players are.  Few former football players, however, aren’t.  And that’s the delicate balance the NFL is now trying to strike, as it protects current players against themselves in the hopes of protecting the NFL against the former players they’ll inevitably become.

48 responses to “Daniel Thomas returns from second concussion with oversized helmet

  1. LOL! Typical soft miami player. If he was a JET, he would go out there without a helmet if he had to like legends such as Namath, Martin, Revis and Harris would do.

  2. “Moreover, no amount of padding on the inside or outside of a helmet will alter the impact a brain makes against the inside of the skull when the head suddenly stops moving.”

    It will help – the extra padding will the deceleration more gradual (i.e. when two helmets impact straight on, or when someone’s head hits the ground). It will also absorb some of the force that is applied to the head, thus decreasing the acceleration (i.e. when the helmet is hit from the side). If the initial acceleration is less, then the eventual deceleration will also be less.

    Eventually, they will probably have all helmets with extra padding.

  3. “LOL! Typical soft miami player. If he was a JET, he would go out there without a helmet if he had to like legends such as Namath, Martin, Revis and Harris would do.”

    Is this a serious response? Get this guy an over-sized helmet.

  4. Looks aside. If you had one centimeter of padding, or one yard of padding to protect your head before a collision, which would you choose?

  5. @realnflmaster

    I have wanted to punch you in the face since the first time I read one of your idiotic comments 🙂 Do you ever say anything intelligent? I guess you are consistent, if nothing else.

  6. ek2213 says:
    Is this a serious response? Get this guy an over-sized helmet.
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    Too late.

  7. “LOL! Typical soft miami player. If he was a JET, he would go out there without a helmet if he had to like legends such as Namath, Martin, Revis and Harris would do.”

    Is this a serious response? Get this guy an over-sized helmet.

    No an under size helmet the size of a pea like all not yet fans

  8. I’m talking specifically about sudden stops and starts of the body. Some guys get concussions without even being hit in the head because they are moving in one direction at a high rate of speed and then are hit abruptly in the other direction. The brain keeps moving in the original direction and bounces violently off the inside of the skull.

  9. From what I’ve heard from “experts”, the padding should be on the outside as well as the inside of the helmet. The problem here is the “evolution” of players. They’re bigger, faster and stronger and we have to evolve protection for their brains from the impacts to their brain cases which haven’t caught up to the impacts these players endure. We’ll all get used to larger helmets after awhile so let’s support protecting our heros any way we can.

  10. Yeah, I’d rather see this guy just sit at least an extra week (after the bye) and recover. He’s been really injury prone throughout his short career, and brain injuries are too serious to mess with. He came back too soon from the first concussion and two in one season is a very, very bad thing.

    There’s no reason to rush back. Miller has played well in relief and I think we really need to see what we have in Miller with Reggie’s contract expiring. I’d rather see Miller get some more time on the field than risk having Daniel Thomas take another concussion.

    If you take three in a season, I think it’s time to hang it up.

  11. I don’t understand what the problem is Roger Goodell already solved the league’s problems when he made the New Orleans franchise pay for the sins of the NFL from the last half century.
    If guys are still getting hurt then what’s the deal?
    I mean come on, bounties are out!
    Good job Roger!

  12. I may be wrong but the way I understand it is if your Skull and therefor your brain is moving at 20 miles an hour, regardless of padding around it and it comes to a dead stop your brain will jiggle around inside your skull wether you have lots of padding or not. Now it may lessen the force your head actually hits the wall, but your brain no matter what is going to move inside your head and therefor there really is no protection against concussions.

  13. Jahvid Best must really be messed up. He hasn’t suited up in over 1 year now and still is not allowed to play while Thomas has had 2 in 4 games and is ready to trot unto the field.

  14. 1uniquename says: Oct 17, 2012 11:01 AM

    I may be wrong but the way I understand it is if your Skull and therefor your brain is moving at 20 miles an hour, regardless of padding around it and it comes to a dead stop your brain will jiggle around inside your skull wether you have lots of padding or not. Now it may lessen the force your head actually hits the wall, but your brain no matter what is going to move inside your head and therefor there really is no protection against concussions.
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    Padding does the same things as soft fences in Nascar and Indy. It lengthens the time of the energy dissipation thereby lowering the peak G’s that are ultimately transferred to the object being protected. The longer it takes to dissipate the energy the better.

  15. Not smart. I wouldn’t think this eases the brain moving around. This guy is crazy. If the NFL has a retire early because of injury, this guy would be the poster child.

  16. Both Kelso and Wallace suffered multiple concussions before wearing these soft shell pads. Both have stated that they helped enormously and that neither suffered further concussions after they started using them. Can’t see why the nfl does not make these mandatory. Cheap and effective. What is worse two hard shell helmets with the shock wave that occurs when they crash together or two soft shell helmets when they crash together and the energy dissipitation that takes place. They should be on every player.

  17. Daniel Thomas returns from second concussion with oversized helmet
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    Doesn’t manning wear an oversized helmet? You know it’s not because of concussions, though.

  18. Why don’t they just give players oversized helmets from the beginning? Oh… NOW you have a concussion? Lets give you the helmet that REALLY prevents concussions instead of the garbage helmet you were using before.

  19. tshirttom says:Oct 17, 2012 11:15 AM

    I hope Javid Best wears something like this when he returns to action.
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    Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll ever see Jahvid Best play again. I think the Lions knew he was done some time ago. He’s being paid and kept around because of the generosity and beneficence of Mr. Ford. This will qualify him for an NFL pension.

  20. If this reduces the likelihood of concussion, why aren’t all players wearing this?!

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    For the same reason that NHL players resisted them for so long, and why the goalies never wore masks.

    Nobody wants to appear “soft” in the manly sport of the NFL.

    My thinking is that these will be mandated (or something similar) within a year or two.

    It’s likely the League will have to be able to point to requiring the most beneficial protection that is recognized by outside experts as preventing concussions, in order avoid or minimize liability.

  21. I don’t see the NFL mandating anything. They are under too much scrutiny already and won’t take on that liability. However, I do see that there are proven soft-sided helmet covers out there that are proving that they are effective at reducing the forces and impacts – ProCap and Guardian Cap. For the youth, it should be mandated because if players keep getting many concussions early in their playing careers, they will never make it to college or pros. Colorado University dropped a player (redshirt freshman) this year for having three concussions.

  22. And just like other protective eqpt. like knee/hip/thigh pads the NFLPA will not let management mandate them. Can’t give anything away as a bargaining chip unless you get more money. Even if it is for your own protection. Greedy idiots…

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