Advanced Helmet Designs Don’t Appear to Reduce Concussion

Data on football players show concussion rates steady, despite new technologies

Peter Pollack

“Advanced helmet technology has not affected the concussion rate or the rate of intracranial injury among high school and college football players,” said John R. Fowler, MD, a PGY-5 resident at Temple Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Philadelphia. “Our data suggest that we need further research to determine the predisposing profiles for mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), postconcussion syndrome, catastrophic brain injury, and chronic sequelae.”

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