Safer Football, Taught From Inside the Helmet

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Alan Pelc has been taught how to block since his Houston boyhood, how to push and pulverize and punish oncoming defenders on the football field. This was different. He was learning how not to punish himself.

“Right there,” Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz said, pointing at a presentation screen showing more than a dozen arrows pointed straight into the top of a mannequin head. “These are all your recorded hits to the top of your helmet against L.S.U. Every time you drop your head. These are the ones we’re concerned about.”