A report just released about rugby and concussions sponsored by Dr. Michael Cusimano of Toronto, tells us that education is the key, versus helmets and mouth gear.
A new review has suggested that mouth guards and headgear have little or no impact on reducing concussions in rugby players. However, educational programs that promote proper playing techniques and enforcement of rules do result in a significant reduction in concussions and head, neck and spinal injuries.
This information will be published in Neurosurgery this month. Even though this information is tailored to the sport of rugby, this should be a lesson to all other sports.
Coming next week, information on the seemingly controversial topic of mouth guards…