October 5, 2014

Football facemask portrait

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

From eighth grade through graduating college, I spent the majority of my fall afternoons working behind one of these.

Looking through a football facemask

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Looking at the world behind a set of bars certainly does give a unique perspective.

If I remember correctly, the advanced technology applied to the football helmet and the increasing sophistication of the facemask has been implicated in the increasing number of concussions and chronic brain trauma  experienced by many players of the sport.  It is interesting how devices designed to protect players became one the chief contributors to injury: the theory at work here is the more “protection” afforded to the head, the greater the likelihood a player will use it to inflict pain on another.  In other words, if a player had to worry about loosing his own teeth each time he hit someone, perhaps he wouldn’t lead with his head.  (As an aside, the gender reference “he” here is not used to exclude the number of women who play football.  Indeed, there is a great deal of information regarding the susceptibility to head trauma by women playing sports.)

And while on the subject of head trauma and protection, given the number of cases of domestic violence in the news lately, perhaps some players will be seeing the world through a different set of bars.  That, however, would require changes in our culture and legal system.

Take care.



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