New Schutt Helmet Warning Label

Aug 4, 2013

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Schutt Helmet Warning Label


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  1. RobertinSeattle
    August 4th, 2013 at 11:12 pm #


    “Don’t say we didn’t warn you. But we’ll still keep selling helmets anyway!”

  2. Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP
    August 5th, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    Don Brady

    The symptoms listed on the warning label are very few…

    and thus I think this minimal list may easily be misconstrued by the reader as ALL symptoms.

    Plus: Note there is no mention that a concussion/brain injury may occur without a loss of consciousness.

    Below please find various lists of possible concussion/brain injury symptoms taken from my 2004 Dissertation entitled:

    A Preliminary Investigation of Active and Retired NFL Players’ Knowledge of Concussions


    Table 1

    Physical, Cognitive and Behavioral / Emotional Impairments of a Concussion

    A. Physical impairments:

    speech, vision, hearing another sensory impairments
    lack of coordination
    muscle spasticity
    seizure disorders
    problems with sleep
    dysphagia — a disorder of swallowing
    dysargthgia — a disorder of articulation in the muscular motor control of speech

    B. Cognitive impairments

    short and long-term memory deficits
    slowness of thinking
    problems with reading and writing skills
    difficulty maintaining attention and concentration
    impairments of perception, communication, reasoning, problem solving, planning,
    sequencing and judgment

    C. Behavioral / Emotional impairments:

    mood swings
    depression and/or anxiety
    lowered self-esteem
    sexual dysfunction
    restlessness and/or impatience
    lack of motivation
    inability to self monitor, inappropriate social responses
    difficulty with emotional control in the anger management
    inability to cope
    excessive laughing or crying
    difficulty relating to others
    irritability and/or anger
    abrupt and unexpected acts of violence
    delusions, paranoia, mania
    (BIA of America, 2003, Heading 4)


    The mild traumatic brain injury committee reported that patients who sustained a mild brain injury may display “persistent emotional, cognitive, behavioral and physical symptoms” (Gerstenbrand & Stepan, 2001).
    Specific symptoms of these various categories include:

    Physical symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, poor vision, sleep disturbance, sensitivity to light, or other neurosensory loss; cognitive delays in attention, concentration, perception, memory, speech/language, or executive functions; and behavioral changes and/or alterations in degree of emotional responsivity such as irritability, quickness to anger, disintegration or emotional ability (p. 96).

    Evans (1987, 1994) outlined descriptions of frequently observed symptoms of mild brain injury. According to Evans, symptoms attributed to the effects of a concussion may also be called postconcussion syndrome. The symptoms listed by the author are: “headaches, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, blurry vision, double vision, memory dysfunction, impaired concentration, personality changes, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, decreased libido, irritability, noise and light sensitivity, fatigue, and slow information processing” (1987, p. 49). King, Crawford, Wenden, Moss, and Wade (1995), along with Evans (1987), provided excellent overviews of the various symptoms a person may experience after sustaining a concussion. The authors’ respective lists are found in Table 2.

    Table 2

    Postconcussion Symptoms


    Muscle contraction type


    Occipital neuralgia

    Secondary to neck injury

    Secondary to temporomandibular joint

    Due to scalp lacerations or local trauma





    Blurry vision


    Memory dysfunction

    Impaired concentration

    Personality change



    Sleep disturbance

    Decreased libido

    Noise and light sensitivity


    Slowed information processing

    (R. W. Evans, 1987)



    Feelings of dizziness


    Noise sensitivity

    Sleep disturbance


    Being irritable

    Feeling depressed

    Feeling frustrated


    Poor concentration

    Taking longer to think

    Blurred vision

    Light sensitivity

    Double vision


    (King et al., 1995)


    In addition to frequently observed acute symptoms of TBI, numerous long-term effects of a concussion have also been acknowledged.

    Long-term effects of concussion include: physical damage to the brain, physical damage to the body, cellular biochemical effects and general physical changes, and cognitive decline and psychosocial /behavioral/emotional changes. Inferential evidence that the brain has been permanently compromised becomes evident in the general physical changes that are sustained.

    These include: Decline or loss of vision, hearing, smell, or taste; headaches; speech and language impairments; reduced endurance; cognitive decline in short- and long- term memory; difficulties with concentration, judgment communication, and planning; and psychosocial/behavioral changes such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and emotional liability (Scientific American, 1999; NYS Education Dept., 1997).

    Furthermore, children who sustain TBI’s may experience delayed effects that become more apparent at a later stage of cognitive development (NYS Education Dept, 1997).

    Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP, LMFT
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist
    Nationally and NYS Certified School Psychologist
    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

  3. Dave Pear
    August 5th, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Dave Pear

    NYTimes logo

    Warning Labels on Helmets Combat Injury and Liability


    Published: August 4, 2013

    Even by the alarmist standards of many product warnings, the labels on the backs of the football helmets are bracingly blunt: “No helmet system can protect you from serious brain and/or neck injuries including paralysis or death. To avoid these risks, do not engage in the sport of football.”

    Schutt Sports has plastered these words on its helmets for about a decade. To keep up with the times, the warning also pops up on the home page of the company’s Web site, and a scannable label that links to information about head injuries provided by the Centers for Disease Control is affixed to the helmet.

    Click HERE to read the rest of the New York Times article.

  4. George Visger
    August 5th, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    George Visger Brain Scans

    Wow! Who would have thunk?

    Good job, guys. I could have told the experts this in 1981 when I had my first NFL caused brain surgery.

    But it is a small step in the right direction.

    Just like big tobacco took before the big fall.

    George Visger
    San Francisco 49ers 80 & 81
    Super Bowl XVI
    Survivor of 9 NFL-Caused brain surgeries
    Benefactor of ZERO NFL Benefits
    The Visger Group
    Traumatic Brain Injury Consulting