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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

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Concussion Recovery Is Slower in Girls, Mounting Evidence Suggests

A new study adds to findings that female children and adolescents are more susceptible to head injuries Recovering from a concussion typically takes female athletes more than twice as long as males, according to a new study that tracked hundreds of teenagers active in sports. The finding adds to a growing body of evidence that… Continue reading Concussion Recovery Is Slower in Girls, Mounting Evidence Suggests

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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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A pitch, a hit, and a miracle

Patrick Plunkett, 12, survives an often-fatal strike to the chest. See what his parents are doing to protect him now. Patrick watched as the low pitch ended up over the middle of the plate, not inside like he had hoped. The batter crushed the ball, sending a line drive straight back at Patrick, hitting him… Continue reading A pitch, a hit, and a miracle

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Unequal Challenges Parents to Consider Soccer Head Protection—Soccer is the #1 sport for causing concussions among female youth athletes

According to a recent study, it is girls soccer – not football – that carries with it the highest rate of concussions for high school athletes. One team in the Chicago area is taking measures to prevent head injuries, and doing it with a headband. As Chicago’s WGN-TV reports, Glenbard East (Lombard, Ill.) girls soccer… Continue reading Unequal Challenges Parents to Consider Soccer Head Protection—Soccer is the #1 sport for causing concussions among female youth athletes