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Quick Quiz: Game Day Safety

Posted on 2/9/2024 by Lion Technology Inc.

Football has changed many times throughout the years to promote player safety and provide fans with a better, more exciting game.

Before Sunday's big game, let's test your knowledge of some of the most fascinating changes and happenings in football history.



Supposedly, the first football helmet was invented after a Navy Admiral was advised by his doctor that another hard hit could lead to “instant ____”?






Not quite.

Admiral Joseph Mason Reeve, who'd played football for the US Naval Academy from 1890-1894, had a shoemaker fashion a moleskin hat with flaps that is often credited as the first football helmet to prevent "instant insanity." The helmet design was then used by paratroopers briefly during WWI.


That's right.

Admiral Joseph Mason Reeve, who'd played football for the US Naval Academy from 1890-1894, had a shoemaker fashion a moleskin hat with flaps that is often credited as the first football helmet to prevent "instant insanity." The helmet design was then used by paratroopers briefly during WWI.


Up until the 2000s, this equipment was made of hard plastic and foam, resulting in players dehydrating more quickly than in today’s equipment.






Not quite.

In the early 2000s, new synthetic fibers were incorporated in protective gear, to make lighter, cooler shoulder pads.


That's right.

In the early 2000s, new synthetic fibers were incorporated in protective gear, to make lighter, cooler shoulder pads.


This pass-rusher was known for a maneuver called “the Head Slap” throughout the 1960s and 70s, until it was officially banned in 1977.






Not quite.

A "Head Slap" is when you hammer the opposing player's helmet with your hand as hard as you can to stun them, then run past while the opposing player stumbles. The move was banned because it left offensive lineman in a vulnerable position, sometimes unable to control their movements.


That's right.

A "Head Slap" is when you hammer the opposing player's helmet with your hand as hard as you can to stun them, then run past while the opposing player stumbles. The move was banned because it left offensive lineman in a vulnerable position, sometimes unable to control their movements.


Whose responsibility is it to keep NFL players safe?






Not quite.

Safety is a shared responsibility in professional sports. It is the NFL's duty to continue to make the game safer with new rules and technology, the coach's responsibility to design smart plays and instill good habits, and the player's responsibility to protect themselves and their teammates, as well as play within the rules that protect their opponents.


That's right.

Safety is a shared responsibility in professional sports. It is the NFL's duty to continue to make the game safer with new rules and technology, the coach's responsibility to design smart plays and instill good habits, and the player's responsibility to protect themselves and their teammates, as well as play within the rules that protect their opponents.


Including neurotrauma consultants, medical liaisons, and athletic trainers, how many medical personnel are present on an average NFL gameday?






Not quite.

On average, there are 30 healthcare providers at a stadium on game day to provide immediate care to players, including: 3 Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultants, Visiting Team Medical Liaisons, Booth ATC Spotters.


That's right.

On average, there are 30 healthcare providers at a stadium on game day to provide immediate care to players, including: 3 Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultants, Visiting Team Medical Liaisons, Booth ATC Spotters.


 

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We hope you learned something new from these questions, or at least had fun.

We wish the football fans in Kansas City and San Francisco good luck. We’re happy that we don’t have to choose between these two great cities!

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