Originally Posted by George Anderson
People die every day from head injuries in cars regardless if air bags go off or not. Especially people in the back seat where there is no air bag protection. If we are going to be consistent and if our main objective is to reduce head injuries then we need to mandate helmets in cars and in hundreds of other daily life activities.
Basketball is a perfect example. Look a how many players have come crashing down to the floor and had severe head injuries. Just this past year a Southern Indiana University basketball player died from hitting his head on the floor. If he had been wearing a helmet he would be alive today. So again lets be consistent and if we are going require pitchers to wear helmets then basketball players should be forced to likewise.
Now this event is tragic of course but we could just realize that with living life comes the possibility of injury or death. Or we could just mandate that helmets be worn outside the home or even in the home should any type of activity be engaged in that might cause harm to someone.
I think bringing all this other stuff into it is kind of crazy. Why does the fact that other things might be risky have any connection to this one particular issue? It seems to me the only important facts are:
1. Does it protect the players head a little and decrease his chance of a debiltating injury?
2. Are there some other adverse impacts that would be created by wearing them that would negate the added safety of extra head protection?
3. Has the equipment advanced to the point where wearing them would be practical in terms of weight, line of sight, cost and other factors related to this decision?
Not sure what having somebody wearing a helmet in your car has to do with anythng. In my opinion the risk associated with any other unrelated activity is about as much of a factor in this decisoin as the phases of the moon, the day of the week or the color of your dog.