Study: Football helmets help prevent concussions slightly
Football helmets' may do little to protect players from concussion, according to a study done by Dr. Frank Condi of the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology and the Florida State University College of Medicine.
The study analyzed the strength of football helmet designs when exposed to impacts. Sensors were placed in the head of a crash test dummy to measure repeated 12 mile-per-hour impacts, both with and without helmets.
Leading football helmets were found to reduce the risk of skull fracture by 60-70% and the risk of brain tissue bruising by 70-80% compared with not wearing a helmet.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency departments treat over 170,000 traumatic brain injuries related to sports and recreation every year in children up to 19 years old.