CLEVELAND - The approach of football season means more than just Sundays spent around the TV watching the Browns.
For emergency rooms nationwide, it means a surge in the amount of children with concussions. An important factor that can determine the seriousness of concussions is football helmets.
A recent government report found 80 percent of all emergency room visits for children are due to sports-related concussions.
New helmets are hitting the market that do a better job of protecting children from concussions--except not all schools can provide new and improved helmets for their young athletes, and a large reason is cost.
These new helmets are expensive, and many cash-strapped schools cannot afford them. Some can cost as much as $350.
Even if families or schools can afford new helmets, some may actually be built for adults, and have a negative effect on children.
Richard Figler, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. He visited “Good Morning Cleveland” on Tuesday to discuss the Clinic’s research into children’s football helmets.
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