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Will a scrum cap prevent concussions in rugby?

The function of the scrum cap is to protect the face, scalp, and ears from cuts and bruises. It also helps prevent “cauliflower ear,” which can be a common injury for the forward positions. It does not, however, prevent concussions in rugby. Actually, the false sense of security that can come from wearing a scrum cap can make the athlete more aggressive during play and more at risk for a concussion. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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