Do Helmets Prevent Concussion?

July 10, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)


Reports of concussions during sporting events are increasing despite improvements in personal protective gear. Sports medicine expert consensus groups recently published statements about the lack of effectiveness helmets and other equipment have on the incidence and severity of concussion. However, a recent study indicates helmet design can reduce the transmission of impact forces to the brain and reduce concussion incidence. Biomechanical determinants of injury risk can be measured even though an objective marker of mild traumatic brain injury diagnosis is not available. Determining an acceptable level of risk, risk variation with age, directional variables and other factors is important. The effects of sub-concussive blows, multiple concussions and the interval between them are largely unknown. This webinar will address the biomechanical determinants of concussion risk and their relevance to real world sports injuries.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current sports medicine expert consensus statements about the effectiveness of football helmets on concussion prevention
  • Examine the biomechanical factors and pathophysiology of concussion
  • Discuss the use of acceleration information as a metric for characterizing brain injury risk
  • Relate the concussion risk in football in relationship to better equipment, rule changes and proper techniques


Kristy Arbogast, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor, Pediatrics Co-Scientific Director Center for Injury Research and Prevention Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pa
Donald Marion, M.D., M.Sc.
Clinical Affairs Senior Advisor Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Silver Spring, Md.
Steven Rowson, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va.


Robert Labutta, M.D.
Clinical Affairs Senior Advisor Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Silver Spring, Md.

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