Football Helmets: The Last Line of Defense?

This week Reactions is tackling the science of helmets on football players. Is this foam chemistry enough to save lives? Football is back, and with all the hard hits and tough tackles come renewed concerns about safety. Every NFL player is required to wear a helmet, but the helmets of today are a far cry from the leather creations from decades ago. To kick off this football season, Reactions looks at everything that goes into a football helmet and how chemistry helps keep players safe.

Special thanks to the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences for funding this episode.

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Rigoberto Advincula, Ph.D.
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
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