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Poorly fitted helmets contribute to concussions

Football, America's newest favorite past-time, has come under serious fire from political, scientific and media organizations. Will Smith starred in a movie that stunned the world by explaining that running into things head-first causes brain injuries. Additionally, the public is taking a special look at high school football programs to ensure that the minds of adolescents are properly protected. According to a study that was published in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, they are not.

This study scrutinized nine football seasons from 2005 to 2014. It studied 4,580 athletes that ranged in age from 13 to 19. It found that high school football players are subjected to more frequent and more severe concussions due to improperly fitted helmets. About one in 13 of these athletes experienced concussive symptoms and suffered higher than average rates of sensitivity to noise, drowsiness and hyper-excitability. All of these denote some type of brain injury.

Improperly fitted helmets reduce the ability of the cervical muscles to absorb the impact from a blow. This causes increased stress on the brain and can result in injuries.

The problem with keeping players in fitted helmets is that the fit of the helmet can change throughout the season. Teenagers are still growing and so their sizing continues to alter. The only feasible solution is for coaches to stay vigilant and check their player's helmet fits every few months to ensure proper fitting.

If your child suffered a head injury then you should probably take him or her to a doctor. Your child could have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Young brains are still developing and are vulnerable to these types of injuries. If this happens, you may want to speak to an attorney. Brain injuries are dangerous because they can have long lasting effects well into your child's future. These injuries could implicate medical and living assistance expenses for your child well into adulthood.

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