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NFL, Manufacturers Agree There’s No Perfect Helmet

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NEW YORK (AP) — In a series of interviews with The Associated Press, representatives of the NFL, the NFL Players Association and the four equipment companies that make every helmet worn in the league all say there is no such thing as a football helmet that eliminates concussions.

They also agree no such helmet is on the way anytime soon. Most think there never will be one.

The NFL says an average of 1½ to two concussions happen in each game, and a league official acknowledges the lack of a perfect helmet contributed to the decision in recent weeks to use hefty fines and the threat of suspensions to cut down on dangerous hits.

It’s also why the NFL’s head, neck and spine medical committee is holding a two-day meeting next month to look for new ways to test and design helmets.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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