"It is probably true that if we played the game of football without helmets, there probably would be less concussions," he said. "As we design what is perceived as better equipment, players feel they are more invincible and they are taking more and more chances and taking harder hits. It's kind of hard to keep ahead of that, but we can in the area of designing equipment that is specific to the injury that is going to be incurred."
"I believe the awareness is increasing," Benzel said. "It's a cultural thing and I see that culture changing with the emphasis on this area. There certainly is a great emphasis in the coaching community; I can only speak to the comments I have heard with coaches, and I'm hearing it more than I have heard it before and do believe it is in the conversation everywhere in regards to techniques and the use of the helmet. I believe it will continue to evolve."