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CO Jeffco Public Schools’ 2015 Guardian Caps Study

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Colorado's Jeffco Public Schools' 2015 Guardian Caps Case Study

March 15, 2016

Summarized from official letter linked below.

Colorado’s Jeffco Public Schools conducted a pilot program in cooperation with Guardian Caps during the fall 2015 football season.  Prior to implementing the Caps, the District considered several factors including cost, risk management/liability, alternative product offerings, implementation strategies, medical approval, and communication.  The District required the use of the Guardian Cap and outfitted every student athlete competing in football with a Guardian Cap for use during all practice sessions.  This included approximately 1800 athletes across 17 high schools.

Following the season and the District’s analysis of the effectiveness of the Guardian Caps, Jeffco will continue to utilize the product as the District officials believe it is in the best interests of their student athletes.  The Caps were especially beneficial in a few ways:

  • Mitigating effects of repetitive, cumulative blows during the week of practice
  • Lessened severity of blows to player’s bodies, specifically helmet to helmet contact
  • Parent and community relations with obvious attention to player safety

Following the 2015 season, Jeffco found that the Guardian Caps were a most cost-effective way to augment all of the other measures that they had put into place for player safety.  Overall, the District’s experience with the Guardian Cap product was positive and they anticipate other school districts throughout the nation will consider the product following the Colorado Jeffco School District’s pilot program results.

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*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.