Head injury can be a result of contact of the head with another head (or other body parts), ground, goal post, other unknown objects or even the ball. Such impacts can lead to contusions, fractures, eye injuries, concussions or even, in rare cases, death. Coaches, players, parents and physicians are rightly concerned about the risk of head injury in soccer.
While head injuries in soccer affect both genders, they are reported even more prevalently in girls. Head injuries represent 15% of all girls soccer injuries (vs. 10% for boys), and some studies show that concussions can be 2x more likely to happen to a girl than a boy (studies debate the underlying reason, which is sometimes attributed to differences in neck strength).
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caused by heading the soccer ball rather than only from unintentional head impacts. The study also found that so-called subconcussive blows to the head may cause concussion symptoms. These results could have similar implications for other sports where many head impacts occur outside of a traditional concussion, such as slaps to the helmet
As in other contact sports, head injuries mostly result from unintentional hits with the head and hits to the head from different body parts of players (head to head, elbow to head), hitting the head against the ground, football goal frame or even hits received by the ball, when the ball flies and hits the unprepared player with great speed (5,19-21). The other reason for head injuries in soccer includes forces that are below the level required to trigger the symptoms of concussion.
Other frequent causes of concussions in soccer players are head collisions with other players or goalposts or falls where their heads hit the ground, according to Dr. Kirkendall. Compared to other contact sports, head injuries are common in soccer.
Soccer has more than 265 million players around the world and is the only contact sport with purposeful use of the head for controlling and advancing the ball. Head contact in soccer has the potential to cause acute traumatic brain injury including concussion or, potentially, a pattern of chronic brain injury.
Heading in soccer can increase your risk of concussions. Over time, repeated subconcussive injuries can also accumulate and cause brain damage. But with proper technique and protective head gear ...
Injuries to the head, neck, and face include cuts and bruises, fractures, neck sprains, and concussions. A concussion is any alteration in an athlete's mental state due to head trauma and should always be evaluated by a physician. Not all those who experience a concussion lose consciousness.