The Commerce Committee held a hearing on sports equipment labeled as “anti-concussion” or concussion prevention technology. The issue is not that some products make the claim but there is no independent research to back up any of the claims. I believe that this is an important issue, one we have highlighted regarding mouthguards previously.
Here is the press release;
WASHINGTON, D.C.—At a Commerce Committee hearing today, Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) highlighted two important points about sports concussions that are often overlooked: that concussions are a serious problem even for young athletes; and that sports equipment is often marketed as “anti-concussion” without sufficient proof.
“We now understand that this is not an injury only NFL players can suffer. And it’s not just a football problem either,” Rockefeller said. “More than 10,000 high school girl soccer players sustain concussions each year. What’s even more troubling is that sports equipment manufacturers are exploiting our growing concerns about sports concussions to market so-called ‘anti-concussion’ products to athletes and their parents. The American public has a lot of legitimate questions about the risk of concussions in sports and they deserve honest answers.” Continue reading