Soft Soccer Helmets Reduces Risk Of Concussions
all other sports has its share of cuts and bruises, new study published
in the British Journal of Sports Medicine proves a significant decrease
in head injuries while wearing soft protective headgear.
to rely solely on results from the field and not the lab, Dr. Scott
Delaney, research director of emergency medicine at MUCH studied 268
adolescents, aged 12 to 17 during the 2006 soccer season.
Only 52 of
the teenagers wore the helmets, while the others experienced a 2.65
times higher risk of concussions. Injuries were reported by 52.8
percent of those not wearing helmets, with only 26.9 percent injured
while wearing the helmets.
these results to be significant when practically 80 percent of
sports-related injuries are not reported. He also finds young girls to
be the most prone to these injuries.
general, are more prone to concussions in soccer and they may be more
aware of the possible benefits of wearing headgear," said Delaney.
were concerned that the added protection would make children more
aggressive while playing, and while the helmets protected their heads,
the rest of their bodies were vulnerable. Delaney addressed this issue
by recording the cuts and bruises found on the children not covered by
the helmets and found no difference.
important to examine as many people fear that the use of soccer
headgear may make players more aggressive and more prone to other
injuries. At least for these injuries, it may show that wearing
headgear does not encourage people to play more aggressively," said
In 2002 the
Federation Internationale de Football Association authorized soft
headgear during official matches, but they were not made mandatory.
may help convince parents and players that soft protective soccer
headgear can be an effective part of a comprehensive plan to reduce the
number of head injuries and concussions in soccer," said Delaney.
For more information and the complete study, visit http://bjsm.bmj.com.