For those of you who weren't put off by Steve Almond's provocative "Against Football: A Reluctant Manifesto
" but still worry about the concussions that plague football players, researchers at U-M are developing a more shock-absorbing helmet system for players.
"The engineering researchers making the system, called Mitigatium, were recently funded by a group that includes the National Football League. Their early prototype could lead to a lightweight and affordable helmet that effectively dissipates the energy from hit after hit on the field. Current helmets can't do this, and that's one of the reasons they aren't very good at preventing brain injury."
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