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Can I use a damaged helmet or brace?

If you use a helmet or brace that is faulty or broken, you run the risk of causing further injury beyond what the protective equipment is meant to protect against. Not only can the equipment not perform its intended action, but you can also injure yourself or others around you. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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