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The injuries on all teams usually pretty much even out. Last year's injuries for the Vols were a little more than normal, however. I hate injuries but it is part of the game. I think the medical world has lagged way behind on developing innovative apparel for athletes. Anklets and knee hose on the order of reinforced, non-collapsable radiator hoses are coming in the near future. I think Canada and the CFL will be testing the Canadian versions in 2015. Some of the proposed uniforms look like space warriors right out of a Flash Gordon comic book. Shoulder pads will be smaller with a strong non-woven fabric that secures the helmet. This helmet's face mask is replaced by a clear face shield which is incorporated into the shoulder pad fabric. There is no way a defender can get his hands under the shield, thus no more face mask penalties.The new safety uniforms will take some getting used to; however, by the year 2020 people will be laughing at the present day uniforms. The face mask (tackling handle) and the shoulder pads ( body levers) as we know them now, will be things of football yore. WE NEED THESE THINGS NOW...especially the clear, slightly bubbled face shields that replaces the face masks.
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