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Soccer helmets may be counter-productive

A paper published in Current Sports Medicine Reports is the latest to show a gathering understanding that helmets might sometimes make injuries worse.

The paper discusses head injuries in soccer (international football) and notes that headgear has not been shown to be effective in reducing injuries due to ball impact. They may be useful in reducing the force of non-ball impacts to the head. However, the study says that there are concerns that the universal use of soccer helmets may lead to more aggressive heading and head challenges, thus leading to an increased risk of injury.

Previous research has shown that helmets can make injuries worse in ice hockey and American football.

Sun 13 Nov 2011

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