The football helmet has progressed many times over the years since it was first created.
The purpose of the helmet is to simply protect the heads of the football players.
It is a mandatory rule to wear one when playing any organized ball.
In current football, a big problem with helmets are making them more effective to help with concussions.
First Type of Helmet
The first helmet was created in 1896, at Lafayette College by a man named George Barclay.
It is a very basic design that protects the head to a bare minimum.
George believed that with no helmets there would be a lot more injuries for rugby, but the idea was never used, and was used for football.
The helmet protected the ears more the head.
The second helmet, leather helmets, at the time were not even a mandatory thing to wear in the game.
The creators of helmets wanted to focus on protecting more important parts than the ears.
There was a thick layer of leather by the head to protect the brain.
The ears were still protected with a hole in them to hear the play call.
Leather Helmets Continued
Leather helmets existed for another bunch of years as they slowly progressed.
Helmet creators believed that the helmet needed more padding due to the number of head injuries, so they add more leather.
Theodore Roosevelt New Rule
The helmet also had a chin strap so they have the helmet not slip of the head.
Helmet with Mask In 1943, the NCAA introduced the helmet with a mask to protect the eyes and the face. The helmet used a thicker form of leather, and added a wool inside to keep the players head warm during cold games. Many parts of the head like the temple were unprotected which caused a plethora of serious injuries.
Current Football Helmet
Today, we have advanced the face mask, the chin strap, and we have created a hard plastic cover.
There is logos of teams and stores allow fans to customize their own helmets.
Inside the helmet there are microphones and sensors to see if the player has a concussion.
The padding is on every corner and is made of foam.
Future Football Helmet
My idea of the future football helmet is that the creators add a camera that can take an MRI of your brain.
You can slide down a video camera where you can talk to your coach in the huddle face to face.
Microphones connected to players and coaches today can be easily broken with a heavy hit.