Equipment Doesn't Make A Difference In Preventing Traumatic Brain Injuries
October 29, 2013
Data indicates that a growing number of student athletes are suffering traumatic brain injuries (TBI) on the field, especially when playing football. Estimates show that roughly 40,000 football players under the age of 19-years-old suffer a TBI as the result of a blow to the head each year. The St. Louis Brain Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers say these findings can send parents clamoring to get their child top-of-the-line equipment so they can be better protected. However, a new study is showing more expensive helmets and pads may not be effective at better protecting athletes.
An article from Medical Daily explains the researchers conducting the study examined information collected from 1,332 football players who played for 36 different high schools during the 2012 season. The players were asked to complete a preseason questionnaire and then complete a survey after the season was completed. Many of the questions were in regards to what equipment was being used and what injuries the players suffered.
The team was able to conclude that more expensive padding was not necessarily more effective in preventing athletes from suffering injuries. Experts say teaching athletes proper techniques are a more effective way to prevent injuries than expensive equipment.
Cofman Townsley’s St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the serious dangers TBIs can pose to student athletes and encourage parents to become more educated on what they can do to protect their young athletes from harm.