IGHSAU Position on Use of Soft Headgear in Basketball

The IGHSAU basketball adaptation will allow soft headgear products to be worn during competition, but the purpose of that equipment should be for reasons other than concussion prevention.  Use of soft headgear as a condition to be medically cleared to play sports is ineffective, and there is no headgear that can prevent a concussion.  There is no valid scientific evidence that the use of such products decreases the incidence of concussion.  Again, the IGHSAU will permit soft headgear to be worn during basketball competition without written clearance from a medical provider, but the purpose of the headgear should not be concussion prevention.  Please review both the NFHS and NCAA position statements on the topic that are included below.

NCAA Concussion Position Statement

NFHS Soft Headgear Statement