“It’s my job to find ways to best protect athletes. In football, we put padding everywhere to limit the effects of hits. The Guardian Cap limits the impact of repetitive blows to the head. Our parents at the middle and high school levels have been extremely appreciative of our proactive approach in making the Guardian a mandatory piece of protective equipment.” – Steve Stepp ATC/L, Head Athletic Trainer, Wesleyan School GA

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At Guardian Caps we work hard to ensure that our customers know that we CANNOT reduce or prevent concussions. The Guardian ONLY reduces the impact of a hit up to 33%.  It takes the big hits and makes them not as big and the small hits and makes them smaller.  Safe coaching and proper technique are crucial.  Helmet to helmet contact should be avoided.  In the event it does happen, Guardian Caps can reduce the impact of the hit.  However, we know that concussions are a hot topic right now and we want to provide excellent visibility of developments in concussion education. As more and more data becomes available, we work hard to ensure that we pass along factual, scientifically relevant information so that you can become a better educated consumer.

  • The majority of high level impacts in youth football occur during practices, with 29 of the 38 impacts above 40 G occurring in practices. Although less frequent, youth football can produce high head accelerations in the range of concussion causing impacts measured in adults. In order to minimize these most severe head impacts, youth football practices should be modified to eliminate high impact drills that do not replicate the game situations. 1
  • Most organized sports-related injuries (62%) occur during practice rather than games.
  • Approximately 27 percent of parents often do not take the same safety pre­cautions during their child’s practice as they would for a game.2
  • The average high school lineman takes between 1,000 to 1,500 hits to the head each season, some at forces equivalent to or greater than a 25-mile-an-hour car crash.3
  • 5-10% of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sport season.  Football is the most common sport with concussion risk for males with a 75% chance for concussions.4
  • Between 4 and 20 percent of college and high school football players will sustain a brain injury over the course of one season. The risk of concussion in football is three to six times higher in players who have had a previous concussion.5
  • College lineman experience over 1,000 sub-concussive head hits in an average season. Most people are unaware that a lineman in the three-point stance is the most vulnerable of all football players to a brain injury.6
  • Retired NFL players in their 50s are five times more likely to have been diagnosed with a dementia-related syndrome — and retired NFL players from age 30-49 are 19 times more likely to have such a diagnosis.7
  • “Tests performed on a group of retired NFL players revealed that more than 40 percent suffered from problems such as depression and dementia, adding to a growing pile of evidence that repeated sports-related head traumas can lead to lasting neurological issues.” – Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas 8

[1] Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football. Daniel, Ray W.; Rowson, Steven; Duma, Stefan M. Annals of Biomedical Engineering vol. 40 issue 4 Apil 2012. p. 976 – 981
[2] Safe Kids USA 2011 Sports and Recreation Safety Fact Sheet: http://www.safekids.org/assets/docs/ourwork/research/2011-sports-fact-sheet.pdf
[3] http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/37580666
[4]  Concussion: By The Numbers.  Sports Concussion Institute  (2012).
[5] http://www.aans.org/Patient%20Information/Conditions%20and%20Treatments/Concussion.aspx
[6] Crisco JJ, Fiore R, Beckwith JG, et al. Frequency and location of head impact exposures in individual collegiate football players. J. Athl Train 2010:45:549-559.
[7] http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/18982249/nfl-players-know-risks-and-choose-to-play-so-choosing-to-watch-isnt-our-fault
[8] John Hart, M.D., medical science director, Center for Brain Health, University of Texas at Dallas; Paul J. Krawietz, Ed.D., director, athletic training education program, department of kinesiology, University of Texas at Arlington; June 29, 2012, presentation, 2012 National Athletic Trainers’ Association annual meeting, St. Louis  http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=666224