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The danger of safer equipment

A study says that the more safety rules a sport enacts, the more risks athletes take

Updated: October 9, 2011, 12:12 PM ET
By Peter Keating | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Oct. 17 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE NFL THIS SEASON and you'll notice the steps Roger Goodell & Co. have taken to limit player injuries, particularly concussions. The league moved kickoffs from the 30-yard line to the 35, broadened its definition of "defenseless," imposed a protocol to evaluate players with potential brain injuries and announced fines for any team whose roster commits multiple illegal hits. But the NFL, along ...

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