College football is currently facing its biggest opponent.
The buzz around football-related concussions along with C.T.E., the degenerative diseases doctors believe is caused from repeated hits to the head, is slowly building to a crescendo.
The New York Times published a startling article in July in which the brains of 110 out of 111 deceased former NFL players showed signs of C.T.E.
NFL players are retiring at a never-before-seen younger age, fearing what constant hits to the head means for them in later years.
This week one of the most respected commentators in college football, ESPN's Ed Cunningham, decided to step away from the booth as he can no longer support the damage the sport does to both brain and limb.
As scary and uncertain as the future of college football might be, there are companies and initiatives committed to making the violet sport as safe as it can reasonably be.
The University of Ohio recently released the following infographic that not only highlights the rise of football-related concussions, but also innovations to headgear and field turfs that seeks to minimize the trauma on the human brain during competition.
There are no easy answers, but according to the research below, even the U.S. Army is involved in trying to preserve and save the sport of college football from itself.
“I think people are starting to think, What should we do here?” Cunningham said in the New York Times interview. “You can’t throw out everything. You can’t say it’s all broken. You have to change the paradigm. How should it be different 20 years from now? It’ll be different, and I think quite a bit different. And that’s O.K.”