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Why are tinted face shields illegal in many sports?

Tinted face shields are banned in many levels of sport due to the nature of complications that may arise from its decreased transparency. It may be difficult to assess an individual's status, specifically mental status after a concussion. It is a major safety issue. Consult the appropriate equipment standards and regulations for your sport before utilizing face shield variations. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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