Study: Helmet Brand and Age Doesn't Impact Safety

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

More than 40,000 high school athletes suffer concussions each year. While many think the newest or most expensive helmet will reduce the risk, a new study suggests otherwise.

Marshfield High School is one of the 34 schools that took part in the University of Wisconsin Madison study. During the 2012-2013 football season, researchers compared three different helmets.

Players actively wore the helmets while teckling and colliding to see if one helmet out performs the others. The findings show the age or brand make no difference.

"So buying the newest, most top of the line expensive helmet, at least in our study, didn't seem to make you less likely to suffer a concussion than a different brand of helmet," Alison Brooks, the Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at UW-Health.

Nine percent of the players suffered a concussion in the two years. A player who had a history of concussion was almost twice as likely to get another.

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