Failing to manage concussion sensibly can have significant and sometimes serious consequences:
Although it may not be possible to stop all concussions happening, there are some measures players can take that have the potential to reduce the number of concussions we see:
Head guards do not protect against concussion.
They do protect against superficial injuries to the head such as cuts and grazes though - this has been demonstrated in a number of research studies.
There is also however some evidence to suggest that head guards may increase risk taking behaviours in some players.
Mouth guards/gum shields do not protect against concussion either, although they are strongly recommended for all players as they do protect against dental and facial injuries.
The information contained in this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice or care. If you believe that you or someone under your care has sustained a concussion we strongly recommend that you contact a qualified health care professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The authors have made responsible efforts to include accurate and timely information. However they make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy of the information contained and specifically disclaim any liability in connection with the content on this site.