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What sports require helmets or headgear to prevent brain injury?

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Helmets or headgear should be worn at all times for the following:

  • Baseball and softball
  • Cycling
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Horseback riding
  • Riding powered recreational vehicles
  • Skateboarding and riding scooters
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Wrestling

SOURCES:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Sports-related head injury."

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia: "Head Injury."

Brain Injury Association of America: "Sports & Concussions."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Head Injuries: What to Watch for Afterward."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page."

American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons: "Keep Injured High School Athletes Out of the Game."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 22, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Sports-related head injury."

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia: "Head Injury."

Brain Injury Association of America: "Sports & Concussions."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Head Injuries: What to Watch for Afterward."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page."

American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons: "Keep Injured High School Athletes Out of the Game."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 22, 2018

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