NFL’s Goodell hopes for lighter helmets, sensors

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“Everyone has been spending money in bits and pieces, but now it will be concentrated and this will become a tremendous resource,” he added. “I don’t think anyone has the answers, how to treat it, whether to continue to play _ there haven’t been answers, and we need to find the answers.”

The Head Health Initiative described Monday, which also includes sports apparel and equipment maker Under Armour, involves a four-year, $40 million research and development program to find ways to detect and diagnose brain injuries, and a two-year “innovation challenge” that would put up to $20 million toward research to protect against those injuries.

Goodell thinks helmets can be improved.

“The better protection the helmet provides, sometimes the more likely (players) are to use their head, and that’s a dilemma that we have to change, in part through rules,” Goodell said. “But I also see that we could potentially change the helmet by making it lighter. (That) would make it less of a weapon.”

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AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and AP Science Writer Malcolm Ritter contributed to this report.

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