“This color obviously isn’t going to be blue. It can be a color that can be orange. It can be red. The sky could turn green,” Holmes told The Daily. “There’s even an episode where you see a clear light, like light at the end of the tunnel.”
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There's a helmet technology in place -- and there has been for some time -- that allows teams to assess the force and impact of a blow to a player's head in real time.
Created by University of North Carolina professor Kevin Guskiewicz and used by the school's football team, the Helmet Impact Telemetry (HIT) system would appear to be the type of advancement the concussion-conscious NFL would fall over itself to implement.
And yet the system has yet to be adopted by a league that calls Guskiewicz its expert in the field. Eight NFL teams reportedly planned to use the HIT system in 2010 before it fell through at the last moment. Two years later, the technology remains unused.
Unfortunately, one of the things the research is revealing is that a good enough helmet may not be physically possible. When you hit something and decelerate within a certain distance to stopped, you can massage how quickly the G force builds but there's a certain limit to what you can do. Unless the helmets are made comically large it's likely that no helmet redesign could fix the problem with game play unchanged.
A couple of years ago, Lewis's son, then 6, took up his father's sport. He played tight end and nose guard on a team that won a championship.
"At the end of the season," Lewis says, "I asked him if he was going to play again, and he said no. I [asked] why, and he said, 'I keep getting headaches, and I get tired of getting headaches.' When he said that, I was like, no problem."
My second serious concussion came in my junior year at Weber State University, during a home game against Humboldt State. We were up big in the fourth quarter, but, instead of “protecting myself” as I’d been coached, I went full-Elway in a scramble toward the end zone, diving over a defender just as I was hit from the side and helicoptering down to the one-inch line. I handed the ball off to our fullback the next play, and, after he scored, walked to the sideline where the trainers flocked to check me out. Of course I was all right, I said, “Thith game ith outh to looth.”
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