As some players on the Buffalo Bills and other NFL teams prepare for the NFL season, some players will not be able to bring their new-styled facemasks with them. The NFL has reportedly banned any non-traditional facemask from league usage for the upcoming season.
The reasoning behind the ban on non-traditional facemasks was that the newer masks pose an injury risk for players. Some of the masks have unconventionally small gaps between bars that could trap fingers within them.
The league conducted research last year throughDr. Kevin Guskiewicz of the University of North Carolina and Dr. Erik Swartz of the University of New Hampshire where Dr. Swartz concluded:
“While it may seem logical that adding additional bars to a football facemask would make it more protective, our research suggests that overbuilt facemasks could actually increase the risk of injury to both the player wearing it as well as to other players on the field.”
While some players have been granted an exemption from this rule, any new player who applies will be denied unless they can show a medical need for the change in facemask.
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