Warning labels on football helmets combat injury and liability
August 6 , 2013
Schutt Sports has put serious warnings on its helmet for a long time. The warning, which reads: "No helmet system can protect you from serious brain and/or neck injuries including paralysis and death. To avoid these risks, do not engage in the sport of football." is also posted on the company's website.
An official with a large youth league in California opposed the bluntness of the warning saying it hurts the sport of football.
Schutt's chief executive, Robery Erb said it is important for people to be aware of these things and about the fact that the game comes with risks. Erb said this wasn't done to spread fear amongst players but because it is the duty of his company to keep people informed about the risks instead of just assuring them with absolute security.
Despite the risks, consumers usually ignore these warnings.Even the basic ones point toward the fact that no piece of equipment can protect them from injuries.
According to Mark Granger, a lawyer who helps companies with these warnings said people are trying to convey to the players that they have a role to play in preventing injuries. However, the makers cannot control how players protect themselves.
The helmet warnings are there just to protect manufacturers and Michael Kaplen, a lawyer leading the New york State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council said "they (manufacturers) are saying to the public that you should buy our helmet, and they're saying, if someone gets hurt, don't blame us."