Published Online: February 21, 2006
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An abstract of "Examining Concussion Rates and Return to Play in High School Football Players Wearing Newer Helmet Technology: A Three-Year Prospective Cohort Study" is available from the journal Neurosurgery.

High school football players wearing a state-of-the-art helmet were 31 percent less likely to suffer a concussion during a game, a manufacturer-funded study has found.

In a three-year effort that evaluated 2,000 high school players, a team from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center found that 5.4 percent of players wearing a helmet first introduced in 2002 incurred a concussion during a game. That compares with 7.6 percent of athletes wearing helmets designed before the 2002 model. The peer-reviewed study, which was financed by Riddell, the manufacturer of the new helmet, was published in the February 2006 edition of Neurosurgery.

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