Soccer Has the Second-Highest Frequency of Head Injuries among Female Athletes

Girls soccer: Trainers, coaches and players weigh in on concussionsThis Evanston Review/Chicago Tribune story discusses concussion among youth athletes, including the increase in awareness, identifying those at risk and the importance of the right treatment protocol. Dr. Jeffrey Mjaanes, Director of the Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic at Rush, weighed in on whether the recent U.S. Soccer ban on headers for kids under 10 was appropriate.

“It turns out the vast majority of those concussions happen from athlete-to-athlete contact,” said Dr. Jeffrey Mjaanes, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush sports medicine physician and medical director of Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic at Rush. “Is it the ball striking the front of the head, and a player heading the ball purposely that causes the concussion? In the vast majority of cases, it is not that. What it is is in the act of heading, you actually get elbowed in the head, a shoulder to the head or something like that. That is actually the more likely way to get a concussion.”

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