Neurosurgery Study: Research Has Shown a Reduction in the Risk of Concussion in Players Wearing Riddell Revolution Helmets When Compared to Traditionally Designed Helmets.

UPMC Study Fact Sheet

Background: Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) conducted a three-year on-the-field study of more than 2,000 high school football players to compare how the Riddell Revolution football helmet performed in reducing the risk of concussions compared to standard or traditional helmets.

Key Findings: The study found that the Riddell Revolution provided better protection against concussions than helmets of traditional design.

In relative terms, athletes who wore the Riddell Revolution were 31 percent less likely to suffer a concussion compared to athletes who wore traditional or standard football helmets. For athletes who had never suffered a previous concussion, wearing the Riddell Revolution decreased their relative risk of concussion by 41 percent. Both of these findings were statistically significant.

In absolute terms, 5.3 percent of athletes wearing the Revolution experienced concussion and 7.6 percent of athletes wearing traditional helmets experienced concussion.

The authors estimate that Riddell’s new helmet technology could translate to between 18,000 and 46,000 fewer concussions among the 1.5 million high school students who participate in football each year.

Implications: Introduced in 2002, the Riddell Revolution was the most innovative helmet introduced in more than 25 years – since that time over 1 million high school, college and pro players have made the switch from traditional helmets to the Revolution family of helmets.

While no helmet will prevent all concussions from occurring, this study suggests that the Revolution football helmet reduces the incidence of concussion in high school players when compared to helmets of traditional design. This is a good first step. Hopefully future research, continued improvements in helmet design, and better concussion management strategies will further reduce the risk and severity of concussions to the athlete.

More Information: To find out more about the Riddell Revolution family of products, parents or players should ask their coaches or athletic directors, call 1-800-275-5338, or log onto

The entire Neurosurgery, February 2006, Vol. 58, No.2 study

Erin Griffin
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