As in other contact sports, head injuries mostly result from unintentional hits with the head and hits to the head from different body parts of players (head to head, elbow to head), hitting the head against the ground, football goal frame or even hits received by the ball, when the ball flies and hits the unprepared player with great speed (5,19-21). The other reason for head injuries in soccer includes forces that are below the level required to trigger the symptoms of concussion.
Study: head injury risk reduced by adjusting soccer ball air pressure. 11/16/2020. To reduce the risk of head injuries to soccer players, a new study recommends inflating balls to lower pressures and subbing them out when they get wet. The study, conducted by Purdue University engineers, found that inflating balls to pressures on the lower end of ranges enforced by soccer governing bodies such as the NCAA and FIFA could reduce forces associated with potential head injury by about 20 percent.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Up to 22% of soccer injuries are concussions that can result from players using their heads to direct the ball during a game. To reduce risk of injury, a new study recommends preventing how hard a ball hits the head by inflating balls to lower pressures and subbing them out when they get wet.
4 to 22% of all soccer injuries are head/neck injuries with a reported incidence of 1.7 injuries per 1000 playing hours . The incidence of concussions has been estimated at 0.5 injuries per 1000 playing hours; however, the accuracy of this estimate is difficult to determine given inconsistencies in the interpretation and reporting of concussions [ 9–11 ].
Head injuries in soccer happen frequently. Recent studies concluded that soccer head injuries are on the rise. In high school, girls' and boys' soccer are the second and third most dangerous sports for concussions, preceded only by football. Things get worse in college- according to NCAA studies, the rate of head injuries in women's soccer is even greater than football's.
Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine here in New York found out recently that heading a soccer ball repeatedly can cause a head injury in players that is similar to a concussion. Unsurprisingly, the players who practiced and competed most often had the highest risk of brain damage.
Heading a soccer ball nay damage the brains of women more than men, a new study using MRI finds. It may explain why female soccer players have more concussions.
The use of protective headgear among high school soccer players does not result in fewer or less severe sport-related concussions compared to players who wear no headgear at all, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.