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Study: Football Helmets Offer Little Protection From Concussions

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File photo of a football player from inside the helmet. (source: Thinkstock)

File photo of a football player from inside the helmet. (source: Thinkstock)

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TREASURE COAST, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A new joint study suggests that football helmets do little to protect players from concussions.

According to Health Central, a team of experts from both the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology and the Florida State University College of Medicine tested the durability and safety of football helmets.

Ultimately, they found that the most frequently used helmets only reduce the risk of injury by about 20 percent.

For the study, researchers conducted a standard drop test on 10 common types of helmets. Sensors were put in the helmets of crash test dummies, which were then subjected to impacts of up to 12 miles per hour.

Researchers were especially concerned about the lack of protection offered to specific parts of the brain that are prone to injury.

“While football helmets provide excellent protection from linear impacts — those leading to bruising and skull fracture — they offer little or no protection against rotational forces, a dangerous source of brain injury and encephalopathy,” study co-author Dr. Frank Conidi, a sports neurologist and director of the Center, was quoted as saying by Physicians News Digest.

The study is set to be presented at the 66th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

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