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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

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High-tech chest protector thwarts sudden death in young athletes.

Mark Link, a professor of medicine and director of cardiac electrophysiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and a nationally recognized expert in commotio cordis, has partnered with a sports gear company called Unequal Technologies to create new and more effective protection from the hazard. They’ve spent nearly five years developing a chest guard… Continue reading High-tech chest protector thwarts sudden death in young athletes.

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Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club Recommends Unequal Head Protection

Miami-based Soccer Club Calls for Improved Player Safety. PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 31, 2017) – A Miami-area soccer club has a message for its 1,000+ players and families—get protected now. Manny Escobio, president of the board of directors of the Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club is recommending the Unequal Halo headgear for all club players and is even… Continue reading Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club Recommends Unequal Head Protection