Preventing Concussions

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Story Updated: Oct 29, 2013

..so you go out and buy the best safety gear on the market. The ads claim there's science behind the products, so you buy. Now, a new study suggests otherwise.

A team of researchers tracked more than 13-hundred football players at 36 different high schools during the 2012 season. Each player filled out a pre-season injury survey...then athletic trainers tracked injuries throughout the season. Helmets worn by the players were purchased between 2002 and 2012.

In all, 8-point-5 percent of the high school ball players...1-hundred-15...got concussions. And there was no difference in severity based on the type of helmet worn or the year it was bought. What's worse, those wearing custom-fitted mouthguards had a higher rate of concussion than those who wore the generic models.

While this study focused on football, there are approximately 40-thousand sports-related concussions diagnosed each year in U.S. high schools.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV…with health information for healthier living.

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