OSU using padded helmet caps during spring practices
Oklahoma State’s interior players, primarily on the offensive and defensive lines, are getting a little extra protection this spring.
The players are wearing padded caps that fit over the top of the helmet and are designed to provide extra protection against head injuries. The caps are made with flexible sections of padding more than an inch thick.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said the program has had the caps, but only began requiring certain players to wear them this spring.
“We didn’t know if we had enough studies that confirmed that there was actually a reason to wear them,” Gundy said. “We’re somewhat convinced now there’s enough study out there that says it doesn’t hurt our guys to wear them, so it can only be somewhat preventative. Now, whether they go to the extreme of reducing concussions or not, I don’t know that there’s enough study out there.
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“But we feel like it can’t hurt our guys, and the basic laws of physics would say that it should help them.”