This is a great piece about soccer that anyone with kids should know. Soccer is a great sport (one my kids love) but the risk of concussion is still there and proper precautions – like baseline concussion testing – need to be in place.
For all the blame football gets for concussions and concussion problems; futbol – or the worlds’ game – has its share of concussion issues (so do just about all contact sports). The unique thing to soccer is that it is not a “collision” sport, by definition. Yes, it is a contact sport, however it is not designed for full contact or collisions all the time like other sports like: rugby, Aussie Rules, Football, hockey and rodeo (you could even include lacrosse because of the sticks).
The nature of sport, competitiveness, lends itself to injury risk and risky behavior – this is always the case of concussion and their issues. In the game of futbol/soccer the basic rules have set up a game where concussions can and do occur at frequency for a “non-contact” game. Of course calling soccer “non-contact” is a complete misnomer…
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