Soccer headgear. Should my kid wear one?

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There is a great article in a sports medicine journal reviewing headgear in soccer, as often companies would like to market their wares to help with “safety.”  There is NO evidence that headgear products can reduce the incidence or severity of concussions.

Given our current understanding of the forces that contribute to concussive injuries, it is unlikely that a helmet can make a large difference.  Some studies regarding helmets may show a “reduction of head impact forces”… this is not important.  The importance is decreasing end-organ damage; the importance is in decreasing concussions and brain injuries.

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