The Myth of Concussion Protection Gear


You’ve probably heard by now that any individual, who plays in a contact sport, is at risk of sustaining some sort of head injury, whether it be a concussion, or head trauma in general. But what many may not know, is that there is no protective gear that can prevent concussions from occurring.  There are many companies looking to make a dime off of parents by advertising their protection gear as a way to prevent a concussion. We’ve all heard things like:

“We have more padding to protect the head.”

“We have tension springs in our helmets.”

“ Our Mouth Guards are just what your child needs to prevent a concussion.”

“We have protective headbands and skull caps.”

Unfortunately, the list goes on and on, and with all of their “scientific research” it may sound convincing. A parent may buy the most expensive gear possible in the hopes that it will prevent their child from concussions, and that’s why this article is important, because parents and children need to know that there is no such thing as protective gear that will prevent a concussion.

But there’s so much research right? So many brands that just look safer. The easiest way to explain it is to picture an egg. Imagine that the shell of the egg is the skull, and the yoke represents the brain. One could protect the egg from cracking, but one cannot protect the yoke inside. There is protective gear for the skull, but the brain remains to be vulnerable.  This is not to be interpreted as all protective gear is bad and should not be used, but simply to separate what the sports gear actually protects.

If you or someone you know has sustained a concussion due to some type of sport, call us today to see how we can help you.