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Headgear Leads to Concussion Reduction at Fort Worth School

For the first time, researchers at the renowned Virginia Tech Helmet lab tested the performance of protective headgear for soccer players. Researchers found some of the headgear on the market can reduce head injuries by up to 84 percent in some cases. Still, many high school teams don't equip their players with these kinds of… Continue reading Headgear Leads to Concussion Reduction at Fort Worth School

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VIDEO – Man’s invention making sports safer for everyone

GLEN MILLS, Pa. (WPVI) -- You may not have heard of Commotio Cordis, but this strike to the heart by a hand, ball or stick is one of the top killers in youth sports. In Glen Mills, Delaware County they are designing and creating something small and featherweight that's taking big steps to change those… Continue reading VIDEO – Man’s invention making sports safer for everyone

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8-Year-Old Boy Collapses and Dies After Soccer Practice

Caitlin Keating May 02, 2018 Last Thursday afternoon, 8-year-old Caleb Ray went to school, came home to do his homework, changed into his soccer uniform and headed to his first practice of the season. Just a few hours later, he collapsed and died on the field. Caleb’s mother, Kristy Ray, of Ranger, West Virginia, says… Continue reading 8-Year-Old Boy Collapses and Dies After Soccer Practice

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Headgear drastically reduces soccer injuries – Virginia Tech study

You're used to seeing helmets on the gridiron, but new research indicates that there may also be benefits on the soccer field to curb concussions and reduce injury significantly. A Virginia Tech study shows that Halo headgear and even full on helmets have proven to be more effective in curbing concussions among soccer athletes. But… Continue reading Headgear drastically reduces soccer injuries – Virginia Tech study

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Virginia Tech helmet lab expands rankings to include soccer headgear

WASHINGTON — The best way to prevent sports-related concussions is not to hit your head, but research released Tuesday shows which protective headgear works best to reduce the risk of head injuries for soccer players when collisions do happen. “There’s a wide range of performance within the current [headgear] available to consumers,” Virginia Tech Helmet… Continue reading Virginia Tech helmet lab expands rankings to include soccer headgear

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Advancements in Commotio Cordis Protection Upend Status Quo

Due to advancements in player protection and the resultant duty of care imposed by negligence laws, athletic leagues, regulatory agencies, sports governing bodies and associations, clubs, teams, schools and even coaches are becoming more proactive about commotio cordis, the No. 2 killer in sports. According to Unequal, a leading manufacturer of sports protective gear, organizations… Continue reading Advancements in Commotio Cordis Protection Upend Status Quo

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Soccer player’s death highlights the need for awareness, action plan

A professional soccer player in Croatia died on the field last weekend. His injury and death provide an important message for athletes, their coaches and parents, and anyone who runs a league or sports organization. Bruno Boban, a forward for NK Marsonia in Croatia's third-tier league, was struck in the chest by a ball in… Continue reading Soccer player’s death highlights the need for awareness, action plan

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Proposed ban on tackle football for children is shortsighted

Douglas Difusco, coach of Patriots Youth Travel Football in Naperville, criticized a proposed bill that would ban tackle football for children younger than 12 in Illinois. Difusco told West Cook News that the legislation introduced by state Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) shows a “narrow view” in its attempt to decrease brain injuries commonly associated… Continue reading Proposed ban on tackle football for children is shortsighted

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Study links repetitive hits to head, not concussions, to CTE

A Boston University study published Thursday detailed the strongest link yet that repetitive hits to the head -- not just those that produce a concussion -- can lead to the debilitating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The new research highlights the risks of younger athletes playing contact sports and could lead to questions about… Continue reading Study links repetitive hits to head, not concussions, to CTE