Concussion Helmets: Single Frisbee Player Looking for Single Protective Helmet

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    Feb 04, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    I got hit really hard this weekend and got to the doctor today when they were open first thing this morning. He said that I had a concussion and stated since this is not my first concussion I need to seriously consider getting a helmet followed by talking about Muhammad Ali for thirty minutes. By consider he meant "if you've go the balls to wear a helmet while playing Ultimate Frisbee and don't want to be stupid later in life."

    Now I'm looking for a light helmet that will protect me. Right now I'm kinda not thinking at 100% so I was hoping someone on RJ had some experience/knowledge of good helmets for use while running. I have never seen anyone wearing a helmet for Ultimate Frisbee, but as a lowly b-team captain I certainly won't (can't) stop playing if I can wear a helmet.
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    Feb 04, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    I didn't know there were helmets for Frisbee. Would a bicycle or racquetball helmet work? They're light with lots of cooling vents.

    BTW, a lifetime of serious head trauma (bicycle, motorcycle, military) is the likely cause of my epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. You do want to keep your head from being a punching bag as much as you can.
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    Feb 05, 2013 1:41 AM GMT
    Consider a LaCross helmet from a used store.......
    I had 2 SEVERE concussions last year and ended up having brain surgery....I have hit my head a few times since surgery and have had my friends suggest a helmet for me,,,,It just feels like this.....icon_lol.gif

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    Feb 05, 2013 1:44 AM GMT
    They make racquetball helmets? Never seen that...

    What about a skateboard helmet? You can always stick a helmet cam on it, and say you're doing it for your youtube channel.
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 05, 2013 4:06 AM GMT
    I'm not exactly sure what degree of protection the doctor recommends, but ask him if a rugby scrum cap would be sufficient.

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    READ THIS: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19127196
    Padded headgear does not reduce the rate of head injury or concussion. The low compliance rates are a limitation. Although individuals may choose to wear padded headgear, the routine or mandatory use of protective headgear cannot be recommended.
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    Feb 05, 2013 4:11 AM GMT
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    Feb 05, 2013 4:49 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said
    READ THIS: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19127196
    Padded headgear does not reduce the rate of head injury or concussion. The low compliance rates are a limitation. Although individuals may choose to wear padded headgear, the routine or mandatory use of protective headgear cannot be recommended.


    So... I'm screwed?

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    Challenge Accepted

    Also thanks for the responses. I genuinely don't want to lose my thinking capacity.
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 05, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
    You need to talk to your doctor and ask him how much protection is needed. What is the minimum level of protection?
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    Feb 05, 2013 10:41 AM GMT
    Wear a football helmet.
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    Feb 06, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidYou need to talk to your doctor and ask him how much protection is needed. What is the minimum level of protection?


    Strangely, doctor didn't mention. I wasn't in the right state of mind ot ask.
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    Feb 06, 2013 5:05 AM GMT
    Concussions aren't that common in ultimate, usually the injuries are foot/knee related, but sometimes broken bones can happen, haven't heard of anyone getting concussions though. I haven't seen anybody wear helmets at the tournaments I've been to. How did you get those concussions anyway? Bad lay out?
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 06, 2013 5:18 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidI'm not exactly sure what degree of protection the doctor recommends, but ask him if a rugby scrum cap would be sufficient.

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    http://www.worldrugbyshop.com/85410604.html?CAWELAID=1042203081&cagpspn=pla


    READ THIS: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19127196
    Padded headgear does not reduce the rate of head injury or concussion. The low compliance rates are a limitation. Although individuals may choose to wear padded headgear, the routine or mandatory use of protective headgear cannot be recommended.


    Scrum caps are there so that a forward's ears don't get ripped off in the scrum. They don't do a thing to protect against concussions. (That's why we wear mouthguards.)
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    Feb 06, 2013 5:45 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the helmet advice. Its great to know what won't work. I might get the most bad-ass skating helmet I can find.

    iamrawr saidHow did you get those concussions anyway? Bad lay out?


    Concussions happen from time to time. Incidental contact has been increasing in Ultimate. I say that as a lot of team players have been getting injured in games.

    Anyways, my first Ultimate concussion happened when an elbow from another player broke my right cheek bone where I now have two titanium plate . I know of one other person who's had a similar injury to the cheekbone. Most recent concussion happened when me and someone else were both going for the disc on a shitty throw. I got there first, his shoulder proceeded to plow into my jaw. Not instant KO, but instant color change.

    The latest injury has been hurting my titanium injury, which is aggravating.
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 06, 2013 5:54 AM GMT
    PGroove saidI got there first, his shoulder proceeded to plow into my jaw. Not instant KO, but instant color change.


    That's a very common event in many contact sports - and there is no helmet that will protect against that. However, a mouthguard will absorb the force of that type of impact. (Mouthguards are also way cheaper than helmets, and much less likely to injure other players.)
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    Feb 06, 2013 7:16 AM GMT
    jim_stl said
    That's a very common event in many contact sports


    Ultimate is supposed to be a non-contact sport though.

    I've been fortunate enough to only get away with a cut lip when I was marking someone and he smacked me in the mouth with the disc. Most of the injuries I've seen were sprained ankles and squished toes from people tripping over each other or falling over each other. Do they just play a lot more aggressive on the East Coast?!
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 07, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    iamrawr saidUltimate is supposed to be a non-contact sport though.


    Supposed to be, yeah. icon_smile.gif But if the OP is considering a helmet, then there's definitely contact going on.
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    Feb 07, 2013 3:57 AM GMT
    I play ultimate and there is definitely a chance for collisions when two guys are running full speed in different directions and going for a disk that is floating in the air. If your dr. says wear a helmet, then do it. A few ultimate players may give you some ribbing, but ultimate players, in general, are laid back and accepting.
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 08, 2013 2:37 AM GMT
    jim_stl said
    Scrum caps are there so that a forward's ears don't get ripped off in the scrum. They don't do a thing to protect against concussions. (That's why we wear mouthguards.)


    You've completely missed my point. This isn't head protection from rugby tackles and scrum packs. This is head protection from ultimate frisbee, where contact is more incidental. And I did caveat the scrum cap's limitations against concussions.
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 09, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said
    jim_stl said
    Scrum caps are there so that a forward's ears don't get ripped off in the scrum. They don't do a thing to protect against concussions. (That's why we wear mouthguards.)


    You've completely missed my point. This isn't head protection from rugby tackles and scrum packs. This is head protection from ultimate frisbee, where contact is more incidental. And I did caveat the scrum cap's limitations against concussions.


    Sorry, but I think you missed mine (though the caveat was good). The OP's doctor specifically recommended a helmet to prevent future concussions; since scrum caps don't protect against concussion, they won't fit the bill.