Anesthesiologist: Neck Collars Would Protect Against Concussion Better Than Helmets

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University of Toronto anesthesiologist Joseph Fisher, MD, says a collar no tighter than a set of headphones worn around the neck during games could protect athletes from head injuries during sports, according to a Star report.

Dr. Fisher and his colleagues say the collar would create a sort of "airbag" in the skull to save the brain from concussions. According to the report, Dr. Fisher believes that prominent sports injury experts looking to decrease concussion rates have been wasting time working on helmets.

He says while a helmet may protect the skull from cracking upon impact, it does not stop the brain from moving about in the liquid cerebral fluids surrounding it. This movement causes much of the brain damages involved in concussions.

He says instead, a collar would constrict the neck only slightly and narrow the internal jugular veins enough to prevent the brain from moving.

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