Study: Expensive Helmets Don’t Help In Stopping Concussions

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new study found the age and brand of football helmets doesn’t lower the risk for concussions.

University of Wisconsin researchers looked at more than 2,000 high school football players.

Some 9 percent of players suffered a concussion over the two-year study.

They found players who had a history of concussions were almost twice as likely to get another.

The players wore a variety of helmets.

The study found no difference in what brand or the age of the helmet.

“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,” said Alison Brooks, an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation.

Each year, more than 40,000 high school athletes suffer concussions.


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