Jason Abels: Concussions And Football Helmets
|Jason Abels, Head Trainer
While football helmet technology has improved dramatically in recent years, Jason Abels says there’s no helmet on the market that can always prevent concussions.“Children put on a helmet and think they can lead with their heads and not have any problems,” he says. “Unfortunately, that’s not the case.”
Abels spends a considerable amount of time during the football season making sure every helmet fits properly.
At the start of football practice in early August, he brings in a Riddell helmet representative and the two of them check that players have properly fitted helmets. They blow air into every helmet to guarantee a safe fit and talk with the players about the importance of not using on-the-field techniques that can lead to concussions.