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Can sports helmets prevent a concussion?

Given our current technology, there’s no helmet out there that can entirely prevent a concussion from occurring. The helmets that we have now assist in dissipating the blow over a larger area so that the force is less detrimental on one specific location. But in order to prevent a concussion, a helmet has to be able to absorb a significant amount of the blow, as opposed to translating the force of that blow.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Georgia College & State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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