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  •  The notion that a runner with the ball (3+ / 0-)
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    journeyman, ancblu, Hey338Too

    can detect the angle at which he is going to collide with the defensive player so that his shoulder pad, rather than his helmet, is the first point of contact is fanciful.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:18:06 PM PDT

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    •  The 'crown' of the helmet (2+ / 0-)
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      Hey338Too, VClib

      being the point of impact is a bit different than 'any part' of the helmet.  As others have pointed out, you have to have your head tilted pretty damn far down to hit something with the crown while running, to the point where you can't actually see anything ahead of you at that point, unless you're a midget running among giants.

      Stand next to a wall, and put the crown of your head against it.  You're looking at a 90 degree angle to the direction your feet are facing, and all you can see is floor.  Running without being able to see anything ahead of you is unnatural, and unsafe for anyone.  Tilt your head up even 20 degrees or so, and you can see a lot farther ahead, and will only initiate contact with the 'crown' on someone several feet taller than you.

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