The American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement defines soccer as a:
- " CONTACT/COLLISION " sport -
First on-field soccer impact study
Soccer has emerged as the leading cause of sport-related injuries for young girls
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This "upgrade" was no surprise to those familiar with hospital emergency room statistics
that reveal soccer:
| - HIGH IMPACT RATE -
__ per athlete exposures
A rate that equals football statistics (Tysvaer, Storli, & Bachen, 1989) !
The unrealized DANGERS in soccer:
1) Repeated Heading of the Ball. This is a practiced skill, yet jars the head and skull repeatedly !
Youth competitors are at serious risk of Trauma/Injury
2) Player body-contact to head and face while racing/jumping/slide-tackling to gain control of the ball
3) Face impacts from kicked balls/ deflected ball kicks
4) Illegal high kicking, low heading.
A child's head is thus disproportionately heavy and large when contrasted
with a child's total body weight.
" Should future data establish beyond reasonable doubt that heading in youth soccer is safe,
still, protection from head contact with goal posts, contact with ground,
and contact with other players' heads, elbows, knees, etc ...
. . . is enough reason to require head protection gear and/or the wearing of
a mouth guard while playing this otherwise great game.".
The amount of force calculated the moment a soccer ball hits the head of a player is 208 joules.
Since the jaw is not attached to the skull rather a free-floating socketed bone, and knowing that every
force produces equal and opposite directional component of force,
the impact causes the lower jaw to slam against
the base of the skull.
These forces account for a large percentage of the damage
found in the jaw joints of soccer players.
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