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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.

Vol. 25, Issue 24, Page 16

Published in Print: February 22, 2006, as Sports Safety

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