Helmets in Sport: Fact and Fallacy

Gammons, Matthew R. MD

Current Sports Medicine Reports:
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000016
Competitive Sports: Section Articles
Abstract

Abstract: Head injuries and the prevention of both the short-term and long-term consequences have received heightened awareness in recent years. Education and legislative efforts have promoted both appropriate treatment of concussion and pushed the use of helmets for protection from head injuries. Current scientific data would suggest that helmets are effective at decreasing the risk of serious head injuries. However there is no evidence to suggest that helmets are protective against concussive injuries or the long-term impact of repetitive head trauma.

Author Information

Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, Killington Medical Clinic, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Rutland, VT

Address for correspondence: Matthew R. Gammons, MD, Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, Killington Medical Clinic, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, 3 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701; E-mail: mgammons@rrmc.org.

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