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The Big Idea for Sunday, February 03, 2013

The game of modern American football came about through rules changes in response to a string of deaths in the early 20th century. To make the game less brutal, for instance, the forward pass -- a marvel of mechanics -- was introduced. 

As the game has evolved, and as our understanding of degenerative brain disease has evolved, new rules are being considered, such as the NFL eliminating kickoffs -- one of the most dangerous plays in the game. But is that enough? Can physics step in and design a new helmet that will better absorb the shock of a hit?

In today's lesson, Ainissa Ramirez explains the physics involved in football, as well as the ways in which science can help to makle the game safer. 



  1. 1 The Brutal Physics of Football
    Ainissa Ramirez Big Think TV
  2. 2 Football's Concussion Crisis
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  3. 3 The Curious Case of Phineas Gage
    Adam Kepecs
  4. 4 Can Head Trauma Cause Alzheimer's?
    Ottavio Arancio

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