It seems to me that the primary source of concussive blows in boxing is likely to be intentional strikes to the head by the opponent. In American Football it is likely to be intentional head-butting by the person receiving the concussion, or less intentional blows due to body strikes or hitting the ground. That would suggest a different analysis is needed for the two games, and that football may be less subject to risk homeostasis than football, at least with respect to this one element.
Pure speculation, of course, and from one who has never played in either sport, nor spent much time watching. So take it for what it may be worth.
Peter Zavon, CIH
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Is the NFL going to go the same way? Interesting idea.
On Thu, Apr 6, 2017, 15:11 Ralph Stuart <rstuartcih**At_Symbol_Here**me.com> wrote:
An interesting piece about the limits of PPE can be found at
Banning Head Protection is Safer Some may be aware that the National Boxing Championships are being conducted in Adelaide in April 2017. This is the first championship where protective headgear has been banned. This is in line with a global ban on protective headgear because it doesn't protect heads
New rules by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has banned head gear because it causes harm. The ban applies from June 2017 in a bid to reduce head injuries. It turns out that protective gear is not protective, because of how it affects the thinking of those participating in the sport. Headgear changes the mindset of participants and research has shown that a lack of headgear actually reduces the risk of concussion. The AIBA announcement comes after new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found there was =E2=80=98no good evidence that mouthguards and helmets ward off concussion'.
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