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N.Y. Attorney General Warns Against ‘Concussion-Proof’ Helmets

By Bryan Toporek — September 16, 2013 1 min read
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With football season now in full effect, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is out to remind parents that there’s no such thing as a “concussion-proof” football helmet.

The attorney general issued a consumer alert this month about particular helmets being advertised as reducing the risk of concussion. Despite certain manufacturers’ claims to the contrary, the age and brand of a football helmet was not found to be associated with a reduced risk of concussion, according to a study presented this summer during the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting.

The study, which has yet to be published in a scientific journal, found that of the 115 high school football players who sustained a sports-related concussion, neither the age nor brand of the helmet they wore made a difference in the rate or severity of concussions.

Schneiderman emphasizes that last point in the consumer alert by saying, “Remember that

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.