Helmets and Gloves: A Risky Game

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Physicians in Canada have noted concussive injuries as a result of “locker boxing”. The individuals who were injured reported that they wore either hockey or lacrosse gear with helmets with cages and gloves and would repeatedly strike another on the head in a test of toughness. The concussive injuries were difficult to diagnose as no contact injuries had occurred on the playing field, yet the players showed the symptoms of a concussive injury. Coaches, physicians and family members should be aware of the signs of concussion and attempt to determine if “locker boxing” or Helmet and Gloves was the cause of the injury. A far more serious punch to the head with lifetime consequences could occur for any player who is allowed to return to the game with signs of a concussion.

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