Concussions and Soccer: Tackling the Issue Head-On

More high school soccer players had concussions in 2010 than basketball, baseball, wrestling, and softball players combined, according to the Center for Injury Research and Policy. Concussions accounted for 34 percent of all injuries in boys’ soccer competitions and 30 percent in girls’ soccer for the 2011-12 school year

While headers are most commonly thought of as the largest risk for head injuries, there are many other reasons for soccer concussions as well (such as head to the ground, goal post, wall, etc. and head to player contact).

The first step to treating concussions is being able to recognize the signs.

  • Does the player have blurry, fuzzy or double vision?
  • Do they have sensitivity to light and/or sound?
  • Do they experience headaches?
  • Do they seem to be confused in general?
  • Is their speech slurred?

Even if you are unsure if a player has a concussion, if you suspect head injury, they must seek medical attention immediately. Players should be kept out of all athletic activities when a concussion is suspected or diagnosed. Activities that require intense concentration or focus – like video games – should be avoided.