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Are Modern Football Helmets Any Safer than Old-School Leather Ones? Modified: May 7, 2013 at 1:21 pm •  Published: May 7, 2013

Recent testing shows that, contrary to prior findings, new plastic helmets reduce the risk of concussions by 45 to 96 percent. In the past century or so, football helmets have come a long way, evolving from crude “leatherheads” crafted by shoemakers to plastic-and-rubber hybrids that can be customized to fit a player’s head and have radios built in.

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