Youth Soccer & Traumatic Brain Injury

Everybody loves school sports – promotes family fun, provides lots of exercise, and trends to soccer-mania. Soccer is among one of the sports, most prone to head injuries, traumatic brain injuries to be exact.

How can something like soccer that is so much fun and build character and sportsmanship put student athletes particularly girls at so much risk for potential brain injuries?

Athletes who often head soccer balls were found to have brain abnormalities similar to those found in patients with traumatic brain injuries according to the Radiological Society of North America. Repetitive heading can set off a cascade of responses that lead to brain cell degeneration.

There is compelling evidence that brain changes that look like traumatic brain injury as a result of heading a soccer ball with high frequency. Since soccer is the most popular sport worldwide and is played by children and teens, these findings should be taken into consideration in order to protect soccer players.

Enter the protective head gear sales. Will protective head gear protect youthful soccer players? Head injuries are the hot topic in youth athletics. Taking precaution to avoid head trauma are reaching beyond football and hockey.

Some states like Colorado have endorsed some of the nation’s most stringent laws regarding concussions. As of January 2012, coaches are now required to bench players as young as 11 years old when believed to have a head injury. Players are required to have medical clearance before returning to the field. Also coaches must take free annual online training to recognize concussion symptoms.

Here are 10 ways to reduce soccer injuries.

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