Research Review: Protective Equipment


There is a lot of equipment out there we use with our young athletes to hopefully reduce the risk of injury. Some is required for a particular sport, although some athletes and families just purchase things on their own to use. But does the protective equipment do what is intended? How about protective equipment and its role in reducing the risk of concussion? Today on the podcast, I’m going to be joined by two experts in the world of pediatric sports medicine research with an interest in injury prevention in youth sports. It’s time for another Research Review episode of the podcast.


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Knapik JJ, Hoedebecke BL, Rogers GG, Sharp MA, Marshall SW. Effectiveness of Mouthguards for the Prevention of Orofacial Injuries and Concussions in Sports: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Med. 2019 Aug;49(8):1217-1232. doi: 10.1007/s40279-019-01121-w. PMID: 31148073.

Comstock RD, Arakkal AT, Pierpoint LA, Fields SK. Are high school girls’ lacrosse players at increased risk of concussion because they are not allowed to wear the same helmet boys’ lacrosse players are required to wear? Inj Epidemiol. 2020 May 18;7(1):18. doi: 10.1186/s40621-020-00242-5. PMID: 32418542; PMCID: PMC7232834.

McGuine T, Post E, Pfaller AY, Hetzel S, Schwarz A, Brooks MA, Kliethermes SA. Does soccer headgear reduce the incidence of sport-related concussion? A cluster, randomised controlled trial of adolescent athletes. Br J Sports Med. 2020 Apr;54(7):408-413. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-100238. Epub 2019 May 14. PMID: 31088784; PMCID: PMC7146941.

McGuine TA, Hetzel S, McCrea M, Brooks MA. Protective equipment and player characteristics associated with the incidence of sport-related concussion in high school football players: a multifactorial prospective study. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Oct;42(10):2470-8. doi: 10.1177/0363546514541926. Epub 2014 Jul 24. PMID: 25060072; PMCID: PMC4477806.


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Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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Tim McGuine - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadTim McGuine: 

Dr. Tim McGuine is an athletic trainer and prolific research at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  He is a sports medicine researcher and received his doctorate in education. He established the Wisconsin Sports Injury Research Network, which allows for the collection of prospective data in a diverse group of high school and club sports facilitated by coaches and licensed athletic trainers. Over 16,000 adolescent athletes have been recruited through this network to help answer questions through research in pediatric sports medicine.

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Alison Brooks - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadAlison Brooks: 

Dr. Alison Brooks is a tenured Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopedics at the University of Wisconsin where she serves as head team physician for mens soccer and womens ice hockey. She also acts as the Director of Concussion and Nutrition Research for the Badger Athletic Performance Program. She is the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee of the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

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