When Wes Welker returned last week after being knocked out for a few weeks with a concussion, he turned more than a few heads when he ran onto the field with a new helmet.

A big helmet.

It looked like he went from an XL to a XXXXXXL.

So what’s the deal? Does this new helmet design do a better job at preventing concussions?

First off, it’s not exactly a new design. It’s been around for a bit.

And as for preventing concussions— a big, giant no. There is no helmet designed yet that will prevent a concussion.

Will it lower the risk of concussion? The jury is still out on that one.

This different helmet is the Riddell 360 (Welker used to wear a Riddell Revolution Speed.)

The 360 has a different type of facemask which is supposed to have a little more flexibility and give– so you don’t feel like you ran into a brick wall when you get hit. (The Flex Impact Facemask)

It also has a different liner system which adds a little more support and may give a more secure fit. (The balance here is when you keep on adding padding, and you get a helmet that’s as big and as heavy as a Volkswagen.)

It was also reported Welker went to a different, slightly bulkier mouthpiece.

The problem is none of the above has been shown to prevent concussion.

It’s a personal choice on the part of the player. Hopefully it may lower the risk. Then again, hopefully Welker won’t take a shot to the head that tests that theory out.



  1. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    It doesn’t really look bad, provided it helps. I hate wearing a helmet riding a Harley-Davidson but.., I did have a bad accident and, the helmet did take a very impacting.
    I just don’t understand why a motorcycle helmet is one basic design, and a ski helmet or hockey helmet is different. Isn’t brain injury the same risk? Just think about it, the liberals could have been rid of me but their helmet laws protected me. Ha!

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