Your child insists on playing high school football, so you go out and buy the best safety gear on the market. The ads claim there's science behind the products, so you buy. Now, a new study suggests otherwise.
A team of researchers tracked more than 1,300 football players at 36 different high schools during the 2012 season. Each player filled out a pre-season injury survey, then athletic trainers tracked injuries throughout the season. Helmets worn by the players were purchased between 2002 and 2012.
In all, 8.5% of the high school ball players. 115, got concussions. And there was no difference in severity based on the type of helmet worn or the year it was bought. What's worse, those wearing custom-fitted mouthguards had a higher rate of concussion than those who wore the generic models.
While this study focused on football, there are approximately 40,000 sports-related concussions diagnosed each year in U.S. high schools.
I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with health information for healthier living.