The beautiful game. Soccer is beloved for its creativity, fluidity and spectacular moments. A perfect header – whether it be a diving goal or a timely clear – can be that moment of splendor. But the aerial battles for headers, especially at the sport’s highest levels of competition, are notoriously rough, occasionally bloody and, although rarely, can result in concussive levels of head impact. At the youth level, American parents are naturally concerned that a collision will result in the scary scenario for their children. Additionally, many youth coaches aren’t grizzled soccer veterans but instead parent volunteers who want their children to stay active and learn the lessons of teamwork.
Our Tom Kaminski was in Washington to present at a Congressional briefing on head impacts in soccer. Read the full article on UDaily.