PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- With more than 35 years in the field, physical therapist Mahir Reiss
is issuing a comment on a recent article published in The New York Times. The article highlights the brashness on the backs of football helmets and how these warning labels are not there as a cautionary statement to parents, but as a combatant against legal issues.
Football is a dangerous sport and Mahir Reiss has had the opportunity to work with young children who have received injuries from the sport. While physical therapy can help suffers of head injury cope with the pain, it may not return the injured portions of the neck to full function. Some parents believe that the helmet will protect a child from all injury on the football field, but even the manufacturers of the helmets know that this is not possible.
Schutt Sports has placed warning labels on its helmets for years as a way to educate people on the severity of head injury in the sport. While lawsuits continue to increase against coaches, leagues and equipment makers, Schutt Sports found the simplest way to remind people on the risks of the game by being as straight-forward as they could. Mahir Reiss agrees that these warning labels are in fact the simplest measures for informing people of the risks.
"Those warning labels are not in place to actually warn parents of the risk," Reiss states. "In reality, those labels are there because the company wants to ensure that no one sues them for damages." Mahir Reiss knows that physical therapy after a severe neck injury is a painful and extended process. It can take years for a neck injury to heal, but with the help of physical therapy the pain associated can decrease and the range of movement can increase.
The article highlights how companies try and balance how much information to include on warning labels and how much liability belongs to the company. When attacks came under Schutt Sports for the bluntness of its disclaimer, it responded by saying that the company had the responsibility to be as honest as possible as to not give people a false sense of security.
Mahir Reiss knows that not all helmet manufactures go as far as Schutt Sports when it comes to taking some of the responsibility for not providing adequate information to the people who purchase the equipment. "I have seen helmet warning labels that merely tell players to not butt each other in the head," Reiss says. "This does not even begin to warn people that helmets are not 100 percent safe."
While some people believe that helmet companies are not liable for providing players and parents with the realities of helmet wear, Reiss believes that helmet manufacturers should become more involved in the people who purchase the equipment and not with the wording on the label. Warning players about head and neck injuries may change the way the game is played but it will at least decrease the amount of injuries associated with the sport.
Manipulation of neck muscles and stretching are all techniques used by Reiss in his treatment of neck injuries, but he knows that there are steps to take before clients come to him with an issue. Warnings are used to caution people about the potential risks associated with participation in the activity, but some labels merely gloss over the surface of the risks and move to what steps should be taken after injury. Mahir Reiss believes that the language is the primary focus and should be changed universally on all helmets.
is co-owner of Reiss and Westwood Physical Therapy in San Diego, California. Reiss and his business partner, Bob Westwood, provide services to children, elderly, and athletic professionals in order to speed healing and bring clients back to a pain free and energetic life.