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Safety Tips For Choosing Football Helmets

We want our children to enjoy sports safely. With fall in the air and football season upon us, we have some tips to help you choose the safest football helmet for your child.

The excitement of high school football is a celebrated fall tradition in Minnesota and across the country, but over the last few years, research has made us aware of the concussion risks of this sport. Coaches are teaching proper techniques for blocking and tackling. Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are developing concussion policy statements to heighten safety practices and respond immediately and appropriately to concussion symptoms.

As parents, we want to do our part to protect our children with the best helmets and safety gear. It would be great if there were a helmet that made players concussion proof, but that magical helmet doesn’t exist. Football helmets alone don’t eliminate the risk of concussion. However, they do protect players from other serious injuries, including eye injuries and fractures of the face and skull.

Follow these guidelines to choose a tested, certified helmet that fits properly:

We are here to support active, healthy lifestyles for all of our patients, including the student and professional athletes under our care. If you have questions about football safety or suspect that your child may have suffered a concussion, we are here to work with you to help your child recover and return to play. We want your family to enjoy all of the benefits a safe and active lifestyle has to offer.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive sports medicine expertise

From Olympians to pro athletes to kids in youth sports and those that just want to be more active—Summit Orthopedics delivers expert care by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. If you are recently injured or concerned about ongoing pain, Summit Orthopedics sports medicine specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely help you get back to being active.

Start your journey to stronger, healthier athletic condition. Find your sports medicine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a sports medicine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNVadnais Heights, MN, Plymouth, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as several additional community clinics.

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