A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that âheadingâ a ball is the main cause of concussions amongst soccer players.
Heading is used as a method of shooting or passing during a soccer match; it occurs when a soccer ball is intentionally bounced off the head of a player. In some instances, for example when multiple players are attempting to head the ball, player-to-player contact occursâwhich can result in a concussion.
The study, led by a team of researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health, was conducted over a nine-year period from 2005 to 2014 and analyzed data pulled from a large sample of high schools.
Study results reveal that 332 concussions were sustained in boysâ soccer during almost 1.6 million high school-sanctioned soccer games or practices. There was an increased number of concussions in girlsâ soccer: 627 concussions were sustained during almost 1.4 million high school-sanctioned soccer competitions or practices.
The study further suggests that player-to-player contact is the main cause of concussions for both male (78.1%) and female (61.9%) players.
While some experts recommend banning heading from soccer to reduce the likelihood of concussions, the study concludes that âbanning heading is unlikely to eliminate athlete-athlete contact or resultant injuries.â
A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a jolt or a blow to the head, which disrupts the brain and its functions.
Source for Todayâs Article:
Lam, P., âSoccer players heading balls ‘at increased risk of concussion,â Medical News Today web site, July 14 2015; http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/296643.php.