Concussions On The Rise In Girls Soccer

Concussions On The Rise In Girls Soccer


SPOKESMAN SAYS CITY OFFICIALS WILL CONTINUE TO EVALUATE THE USE OF RESOURCES TO ASSIST THE HOMELESS. IT WAS ONCE THOUGHT TO BE A SAFER ALTERNATIVE TO OTHER SPORTS LIKE FOOTBALL OR LACROSSE. BUT A NEW STUDY REVEALS THE RATE OF CONCUSSION SUSTAINED BY GIRLS, HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER PLAYERS, IS SPIKING NATIONWIDE. CBS 2’S MEG BAKER REPORTS NOW FROM NEW JERSEY. Reporter: WOMEN SOCCER IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SPORTS WITH MORE THAN 1 1/2 MILLION YOUTH PLAYERS IN THE U.S. FEMALE PLAYERS ARE FASTER, STRONGER AND BIGGER THAN EVER AS THEY DRIBBLE DOWN THE FIELD. HIGHER RATE OF IMPACTS AND THE PHYSICALITY OF THE GAME HAS INCREASED. Reporter: LEADING TO SPORTS INJURIES LIKE CONCUSSION. THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICIAN FOUND EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS FOR CONCUSSION FROM 1990 TO 2014 BY FEMALE SOCCER PLAYERS UNDER 19 ROSE NEARLY 1600%. ONE REASON WHY GIRLS MAY BE MORE PRONE TO INJURY IS NECK STRENGTH. DECREASED SIZE AND STRENGTH OF THE NECK CAUSES THE HEAD TO MOVE MORE AND INCREASES THE CHANCES OF CONCUSSIONS. Reporter: THE GAME IS WAY MORE AGGRESSIVE. ANOTHER STUDY SHOWED IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, 51% OF CONCUSSIONS WERE CAUSED BY PLAYER-ON-PLAYER CONTACT. COMPARED TO 29% FROM CONTACT WITH A BALL, ESPECIALLY HEADERS. COACHES I SPOKE WITH SAID THEIR MAIN GOAL IS TO KEEP THEIR PLAYERS HEALTHY AND HERE IN MIDDLETOWN THEY ARE TAKING AN EXTRA STEP TO DO SO. THIS FALL, INSTITUTED A VOLUNTARY BASELINE CONCUSSION TESTING PROGRAM. Reporter: BEFORE EACH SEASON PLAYERS GET A FULL CHECK-UP. IT TESTS COGNITIVE AS WELL AS DEXTERITY, BALANCE, AND THAT GIVES YOU A RATING SO THAT SHOULD THERE BE AN INJURY, UM, YOU KNOW COMPARATIVELY WHAT THE BASE WAS AND WHAT THE RISK IS GOING FORWARD. Reporter: AND SO THE PLAYER CAN RETURN TO PLAY WHEN HEALED WITHOUT RISK. OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS, THE U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION HAS INSTITUTED PROTOCOLS THAT INCLUDE CONCUSSION TRAINING FOR PARENTS, COACHES AND PLAYERS. OTHER MAJOR CHANGES: NO HEADING THE BALL IN GAMES UNTIL THE AGE OF13. SOME EXPERTS BELIEVE FEMALE PLAYERS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO WEAR HEADGEAR AND THERE SHOULD BE RIGID RULE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PHYSICAL PLAY. IN MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY, MEG BAKER HAZEL SANCHEZ, CBS 2 NEWS. AND ANOTHER POSSIBLE FACTOR

2 comments on “Concussions On The Rise In Girls Soccer

  1. Jenifer Conaway Post author

    I agree with the headgear while playing soccer. Because getting hit in the face with a soccer ball is not fun.

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