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Football Helmet Brand or Year Model Does Not Matter in Concussion Risk

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News Inferno; October 30, 2013

Headgear on the football playing field does not necessarily increase player protection from concussion, according to emerging research, according to a new report presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

Manufacturers have touted that special headgear will reduce concussion risks. “Despite what manufacturers might claim, newer and more expensive equipment may not reduce concussion risk,” said lead co-investigator Dr. Margaret Alison Brooks, MD, MPH, FAAP in a news release. “So is it worth the significant extra cost to families and schools?” Some 40,000 sport-related concussions are reported in United States high schools each year, according to Counsel and Beal.

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