With the high risk of brain injuries in football, many young athletes and their parents are looking for safer athletic alternatives. Unfortunately, many of them are choosing soccer. Soccer is a great sport with a long history, but it also carries a similarly high-risk for concussions and long-term brain injury that often gets overlooked. In many reports, soccer comes second only to football for the highest number of brain injuries experienced every season.
Full-blown soccer head injuries, namely, concussions can be even more damaging than injuries in football. Studies show that soccer players are twice more likely than football players to require 22+ days of recovery. Furthermore, heading the ball can damage your ability to see and remember for 24-48 hours.
Football, Soccer Lead to the Most Brain Injuries in Kids The authors analyzed emergency department visits by children for sports- and recreation-related head injuries. By Katelyn Newman
Soccer. Protection against head injuries in soccer is complicated since heading is an established part of the game, and any attempt to protect against head injuries must allow the game to be played without modification. Several head guards have been developed to reduce the risk of head injuries in soccer.
However, concussion injuries are equally likely in soccer and football players. Football players are more likely to suffer injuries to the cervical spine, which can be catastrophic or life-threatening.
Football and Brain Injuries: What You Need to Know. Alex Pew and Danielle Shapiro, MD, MPH, National Center for Health Research. The dangers of professional football is a hot topic. Studies have found high rates of concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and a serious brain disorder called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in former players.
Head injuries and sports-related concussions are prevalent in any collision sport (including soccer), and even in some sports that don't categorically involve a collision. Contrary to what many ...
Boys' sports accounted for 53% of athlete-exposures and 75% of all concussions. Football accounted for more than half of all concussions, and it had the highest incidence rate (0.60). Girls' soccer had the most concussions among the girls' sports and the second-highest incidence rate of all 12 sports (0.35).