MSHSAA Position Statement on Football Helmet Add-Ons


The MSHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee does not recommend or endorse the utilization of helmet add-ons purported to reduce the risk of concussion.  Current scientific literature has not found evidence that indicates padded head gear reduces the risk of concussions.  Sports related concussions are multifactorial and continues to present challenges in identifying effective equipment that may reduce injury risk.  The Sports Medicine Advisory Committee advises each school district to obtain written documentation from the helmet manufacturer of the brand of football helmets worn regarding warranty and NOCSAE certification.


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