Helmet brand does not reduce concussion risk

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(KTVI) - Concussions are a huge problem, and they leave damaging effects.

Keith Cronin, sports physical therapist and expert writer on injury prevention and rehabilitation, came by the station to talk how to protect your children.

Cronin discussed a recent study that concluded the brand of football helmet makes no difference in the risk of getting a concussion.

The study was presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

Researchers also saw no reduction in concussion risk for players using custom mouth guards either.

In fact, players wearing custom-fitted mouth guards actually suffered higher rates of concussions compared to players who did not wear mouth guards.

The study was conducted by following 1,332 adolescent football players at 36 high schools throughout the course of the 2012 football season.

Researchers found that 115 players suffered a sports-related injury during the season.

Players wore helmets from three different manufacturers and the results showed no difference in concussion rates based on the type of helmet worn or the year it was made.

Keith Cronin is working on a documentary about the dangers of high school sports and how to help prevent injuries such as concussions.

For more information on Keith Cronin, visit: http://www.momsteam.com/keith-j-cronin-dpt-ocs-cscs

For more information on The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer, visit: http://www.thesmartestteam.com/#!keith-cronin-dpt/c1h19 or watch the trailer below.