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Published: Thursday, Nov. 15 2012 2:00 p.m. MST

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Murray, Utah

Why did Collie quit using the helmet?

Mike Oliver
Overland Park, KS

This report contains some misleading and inaccurate information with regard to the ability of a football helmet or any helmet to protect against concussions. There is no football helmet which provides specific protection from concussions, and that would include the SGH youth helmet. Helmets can absorb tremendous amounts of linear forces that result when the head is hit in a certain way. However the consensus of science at this point is that most concussions arise as a result of rotational or linear accelerations in the brain which no helmet can prevent or eliminate. Contrary to the statement by the mother interviewed in this report, a helmet is not the best protection against a concussion.
Managing concussion risk in youth sports involves tackling correctly without the head as the primary contact, avoiding the avoidable hits to the head, making sure equipment fits properly, and reporting symptoms of a concussion, and then following medical experts for return to play decisions.

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