"Hoping to reduce the probability of concussions, football will be wearing Guardian Caps this season," read a post on the Sacred Heart athletics Twitter account.
Here's what they look like:
|A photo of the Guardian Caps the Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech football team|
will be wearing this fall. (Photo via Sacred Heart athletics Twitter account)
It's a soft shell helmet designed for impact reduction. Guardian Cap claims the soft shell reduces impact by 33 percent. When it comes to concussions, any extra protection is better, but not an incentive to be reckless. As Guardian Cap puts it on its website:
*No helmet, practice apparatus, or helmet pad can prevent or eliminate the risk of concussions or other serious head injuries while playing sports. Researchers have not reached an agreement on how the results of impact absorption tests relate to concussions. No conclusions about a reduction of risk or severity of concussive injury should be drawn from impact absorption tests."
|St. Paul Catholic wore the Guardian Cap last season. (Kevin Roberts photo)|