Evolution of the football helmet

Hit or be hit

The game of football

The game of football was derived from the sports of soccer and rugby and was helped developed by Walter camp. The sport was modified from 1823-1925 until it had its real true identity. A common thing that we know about football today is that players where helmets.

But that wasn't always the case. Players went from scraps of leather to plastic face masks and now they have modern day helmets.

Helmets over the years

Football helmets have made gradual change since the 1920's and now we are where we are today.

1920- soft leather style

1930- hard leather

1940- hard leather with graphics

1950- the single bar face mask was created

1960- plastic helmets and all players wore face mask

1970- air bladders added to helmets to soften helmets.

1980- molded polycarbonate helmets

1990- transparent face masks are added

2000- riddle releases concision reduction technology

Present- impact indicators designed to identify head injury


The change over the years has made a huge decrease in head injuries. But scientists are still trying to come up with new helmets that can protect players even more. Just like they did in the past. There is always room for improvement.