Meagan at UConn.

Padded Headgear Protects Soccer Players From Injuries

In the game of soccer, there is growing concern that “heading” the ball is leading to an increase in concussions and other head injuries. Soccer has been ranked as one of the top 20 sports for the highest number of head injuries, and one of the top 10 sports for the highest number of head injuries among children under 14. Girls’ soccer has also ranked second, below football players, in number of concussions, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Concussions among high school soccer players have increased 15 percent each year since 2005, according to sturgisstormwatch.blogspot.com. High school students can develop many problems from hitting their head, including attention deficit disorder, memory loss, concussions and concentration issues.

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