As in other contact sports, head injuries mostly result from unintentional hits with the head and hits to the head from different body parts of players (head to head, elbow to head), hitting the head against the ground, football goal frame or even hits received by the ball, when the ball flies and hits the unprepared player with great speed (5,19-21). The other reason for head injuries in soccer includes forces that are below the level required to trigger the symptoms of concussion.
Head injury can be a result of contact of the head with another head (or other body parts), ground, goal post, other unknown objects or even the ball. Such impacts can lead to contusions, fractures, eye injuries, concussions or even, in rare cases, death. Coaches, players, parents and physicians are rightly concerned about the risk of head injury in soccer.
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6. Soccer headgear can reduce injuries, study concludes. While there is no "silver bullet" that can reduce ALL risks of head injuries in soccer (even banning headers is a mere band-aid), Virginia Tech Helmet Lab recently concluded that soccer headgear can indeed dramatically reduce the risk of concussions. Furthermore, a 2-year study of high school soccer players by University of Wisconsin Madison showed that- while the "average" headgear did not significantly reduce the risk of concussions ...
Contact to the head in soccer, either during tackling duels, where two players are competing for ball control, or purposely heading the ball, has the potential to cause traumatic brain injury. Head injuries related to individual incidents causing concussion or potentially as repeated concussive and subconcussive head trauma causing chronic brain injury can occur.
Other frequent causes of concussions in soccer players are head collisions with other players or goalposts or falls where their heads hit the ground, according to Dr. Kirkendall. Compared to other contact sports, head injuries are common in soccer.
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Almost any sport can cause a head injury and therefore a concussion. American football and ice hockey players have the most concussions. However, concussions also occur in European football (soccer), wrestling, basketball, baseball, and softball. Mostly, concussions occur during games. Less often, head in-juries and concussions occur during sports practice.
While it’s not always possible to fully avoid brain injuries in soccer, there are ways to reduce the risk: Practice proper technique. Learning the right technique from the start can protect your head. This includes stabilizing... Wear headgear. Headgear, like helmets, also minimizes impact. Helmets ...