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Concussions in Soccer

Concussion in Soccer


Concussions represented 24% of all injuries in youth and high school players according to a 2012 study.

GAMES vs PRACTICE: Athletes were 5.7 times more likely to be injured with a concussion in a game compared to practice in a 2017 study.

GIRLS vs BOYS: The rate of concussion was 73% higher in high school girls soccer in a 2012 study, and in another study, 60% higher in high school girls over the period of 2005 to 2014.

MECHANISM OF INJURY: 50% of all concussions were a result of impact to the side of the head in a 2013 study of university athletes. 40% of all concussions were a result of head contact with the head of another player in the same study.

HEADING: Heading was the most common activity associated with concussions in high school soccer players in a study published in 2015 and represented 31% of concussions in boys and 25% in girls.

The most frequent mechanism of concussion during heading was athlete-to-athlete contact between players - 78% in boys and 61% in girls.

So it seems that heading in soccer is a concussion danger zone due to head collisions with other players.


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