A Timeline of Injury Prevention in Pro Sports

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There’s a long history of athletes’ reluctance to adopt new equipment. Here's a timeline highlighting the major shift in sports injury prevention methods in professional sports over the years. Full article titled 'Concussions are Shaping the Future of Professional Sports' can be read on DonBasile.me

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A Timeline of Injury Prevention in Pro Sports

  1. 1. New York Giants’ catcher Roger Bresnahan wearing shin guards becomes the 1st MLB catcher to wear protective gear in open view 1878 First baseball catcher’s mask is patented 1940 Chicago Bears’ Dick Plasman becomes last NFL player to play in a game without a helmet 1955Popularized by legendary Cleveland Browns quarterback Otto Graham, the “single bar” helmet is worn in the NFL. 1943 NFL mandates that all players wear helmets 1800s A Timeline of Injury Prevention in Pro Sports 1907 1939 John T. Riddell Company introduces a plastic football helmet that is more durable than leather models 1956 MLB “grandfathers in” helmets i.e. new players entering the league must wear helmets 1962 The NFL requires that players wear helmets with face masks 1968NHL player Bill Masterton, a center for the Minnesota North Stars, hits his head on the ice in a game versus the Oakland Seals, causing a fatal brain aneurysm 1971 MLB requires all players to wear helmets while batting and running the bases. Catchers must wear them in the field 1979NHL makes helmets mandatory for new players entering the league; veterans have the choice of whether or not to wear one 1983 All MLB players entering the league must wear a helmet with an ear flap 1991 The first serious attempt (failed after cyclists threaten to boycott the race by the UCI to introduce compulsory helmet use during the Tour de France 1997 The last NHLer to play without a helmet, Craig MacTavish, goes into retirement 2002 Riddell releases the Revolution (or Revo) Helmet, which most NFL players begin wearing 2009 Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster becomes the first MLB player to wear Rawlings’ new S100 helmet, which offers better protection than the company’s standard helmets Turning point in cycling’s helmet policy due to the death of Kazakh Andrei Kivilev. Bikers are still allowed to discard their helmets during final climbs that are at least 5 kilometers in length 2003 2000s 1900s DonBasile.me

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