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As the devastating effects of soccer-related concussions are better understood, many fear one of America’s great sports is in jeopardy. Non-football fans probably don’t care, as it’s easy to think of football players as fools; but to the communities and young Americans who are connected to each other and individually shaped by football — read …

Football is a simple physics game: one player has a ball, and many other players who don’t have the ball want to stop it in its tracks. Sometimes this interaction occurs at high speed. Speeds so fast that the parties involved collide with a G-force equivalent to a bowling ball falling on an 8-foot-tall head. …

An “upside down” helmet could be the answer to football’s concussion epidemic. Zero1, a prototype from the Seattle startup, vicischannels the protection techniques of a car bumper by deforming slightly on impact and then springing back into shape. Unlike standard helmets, the design is soft on the outside and hard on the inside to slow …