Helmets ranked for concussion protection
Here's a novel idea, given that American parents send almost 4 million children out to play tackle football every year, despite mounting concerns about youth concussions: The helmets their kids wear should be tested on how well they prevent concussion.
A study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting tries to do exactly that, comparing 10 of the most widely used football helmets in drop tests measuring forces most likely to cause concussion.
"All of them were terrible," said Francis X. Conidi, a Florida neurologist. He says the helmets' poor showing underscores the importance of coaches teaching tackling techniques that limit concussion risk; Players should strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles; and officials should enforce rules against headfirst contact. - L.A. Times