21 The NFL should have a mandatory uniform uniform, which would allow players to wear helmets and pads throughout the game.
“Players should wear protective headgear to protect their heads from impacts and collisions and keep them safe from concussions,” wrote Dr. Robert Calhoun, who is president of the American Academy of Neurology.
“It should be mandatory and not optional, and should be worn at all times.
It’s the only way we can ensure that our players have adequate protection for their head, and we’re not willing to risk the game by not enforcing it.”
There have been many cases of head injuries during the NFL’s playoff games.
In 2015, an Atlanta Falcons player suffered a concussion while tackling another player.
The player, Matthew Bryant, was not suspended for the game but was given a one-game suspension.
And in 2016, a Dallas Cowboys player was diagnosed with a concussion, but was not required to wear a helmet.
Players and teams have been advised to wear protective gear in the preseason.
NFL Players Association spokesman Adam Glass said helmets are not mandatory and have been worn for years.
The league is reviewing how it will enforce the policy, Glass said.
If a player does not wear a headgear, the helmet can be removed from the player, and the player can return to play, Glass added.