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Rugby headgear does not reduce head injury

A study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise has found that padded headgear does not reduce the rate of head injury or concussion.

A cluster randomized controlled trial with three arms was conducted with rugby union football teams as the unit of randomization. Teams consisted of males participating in under 13-, 15-, 18-, and 20-yr age group competitions. The interventions were "standard" and "modified" padded headgear. Headgear wearing and injury were measured for each study team at each game over two seasons.

Sat 17 Jan 2009

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