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Doctor Suggests Headguards Add to the Concussion Problem, Not Solve It

Before you go out and lay down all that money for headguard or other protective equipment, like liners, that are supposed to shield athletes from concussions, you may want to consider an article that ran this month in the Telegraph in the UK.

The article quoted Dr. Mike Loosemore, the doctor for the British boxing team and a leading member of the medical team at the London Olympics, that Headguards contribute to the concussion problem, not lessen it.

“Look at the NFL, where the risk of brain injury is extremely high despite the helmets that they wear,” he told the newspaper.

He continued, noting that Headguards give “an illusion of safety. If you think you are protected by a headguard, you are more likely to put your head where it shouldn’t be.”

Elaborating, he told the Telegraph that the NFL has “weaponised the helmet and it is routinely used as part of the ‘hit.’”

For the full article, visit:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/news/11150094/Headguards-in-rugby-would-add-to-the-concussion-problem-not-solve-it-says-doctor.html 1/3

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