Safety equipment is a big part in football. things like helmets, chest pads and elbow pads are the most important types of equipment for football. People are especially paying attention to the helmet because there has been many injuries with the head and people are trying to prevent that as much as possible. In 2015 there was 271 reported cases of concussions/head injuries. The NFL says reported concussions in regular-season games rose 58 percent from 2014 to 2015.
The NFL can make football helmets safer by adding more padding on the forehead and the sides. “The interesting thing about this helmet is that the shell is carbon fiber or Kevlar, so it’s super light and they use a different padding on the inside.” Stefan Duma, the director of the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences at Virginia Tech.