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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

HEL­METS DO NOT PRE­VENT CON­CUS­SION

Con­cus­sion oc­curs be­cause the head is brought to an abrupt stop, but the brain keeps trav­el­ling in the di­rec­tion the body was go­ing and hits off the in­side of the skull. The brain is ‘rat­tled around’ in the skull, caus­ing mi­cro­scopic in­jury to brain cells. A hel­met pro­tects the head from frac­tures, cuts and bruises how­ever, and should al­ways be worn in high risk sports.

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