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Protect My Head? Soccer Pros Shrug and Carry On

Today, during a World Cup game between Morocco and Iran, Moroccan winger Nordin Amrabat suffered a wicked head injury when he collided with an opponent. After he went down, a team trainer tried to revive him by slapping his face—a move decried by athletes and followers online. But despite the frequency of those kinds of… Continue reading Protect My Head? Soccer Pros Shrug and Carry On

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US Soccer Failed To Cut Concussion Risk, Youth Players Say

Law360 (May 29, 2018, 4:21 PM EDT) Female youth soccer players and their parents have filed a proposed class action in Pennsylvania federal court charging the United States Soccer Federation Inc. and U.S. Youth Soccer Association Inc. with negligence in not requiring headgear and allegedly downplaying evidence on the long-term effects of concussions. Lead plaintiff… Continue reading US Soccer Failed To Cut Concussion Risk, Youth Players Say

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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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Stella Merriman

Stella Merriman is a 9-year old cheerleader competing almost beyond her years. She’s a “flyer" and puts herself at risk at every practice and competition, as do her fellow team members and competitors. Stella has been competing for 4 years and has enjoyed it from the first day out. Since discovering the Unequal Halo, she… Continue reading Stella Merriman

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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

News, Studies

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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Protect Your Thinker

You probably know that only around 30% of concussions in soccer come from heading the ball and 70% or so are from accidental collisions with other heads, elbows, knees, the ground, goal posts and the like. But even if you just look at heading the ball, protection is paramount… especially among younger players. The following… Continue reading Protect Your Thinker