Approximately 300,000 sports-related concussions are reported annually, and swimming is not exempt from this number. Miscounting and busy pools can lead to head injuries from the wall or by other swimmers. We sat down with Minneinno magazine online to talk about the prevalence of head injuries in swimming, and how Hammer Head Swim Caps came to be. Check out the full article below.
Swimming Startup Faces Sport’s Concussion Issues Head On
By Maddy Kennedy – April 20, 2018
In the United States, around 300,000 sports-related concussions are reported annually, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
Among individuals ages 15 to 24, sports are second only to car crashes as the leading cause of concussions. While contact sports like football and hockey have the most reported concussions, head injuries are not unheard of in swimming. Just under 70% of all head injuries in the pool occur in practice. Of these injuries, 68% are a result of busy lanes with multiple swimmers – collisions with one another or the pool walls.
David Burns and Theresa Finn are the co-founders of Hammer Head.
And they’re a near constant worry for David Burns, who has been coaching swimming in the Twin Cities for more than 25 years. Burns often teaches large classes with up to 40 students. During one of these busy practices, two students hit their heads, and one left class with a minor concussion.
“There’s a gaping hole in helmetry when it comes to swimming,” Burns said.