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.
Bottom line, acute head injuries (short term - cuts and bruises, broken noses) are more common in soccer. Long term injuries (Concussions, CTE) are more common in football. 9.
Although the percentage at other levels of play may be different, these data indicate head injuries in soccer are more frequent than most presume. According to CPSC statistics, 40 percent of soccer concussions are attributed to head to player contact; 10.3 percent are head to ground, goal post, wall, etc.; 12.6 percent are head to soccer ball, including accidents; and 37 percent are not specified.
Based on emergency room data, here’s a look at the sports and activities that result in the most head injuries each year. 1. Cycling/Biking – 85,000. 2. Football – 47,000. 3. Baseball/Softball – 38,500. 4.
Background Absolute numbers of head injuries in football (soccer) are considerable because of its high popularity and the large number of players. In 2006 a rule was changed to reduce head injuries. Players were given a red card (sent off) for intentional elbow-head contact.
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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.