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By On August 10th, 2018

Latest Soccer Player Diagnosed With CTE Shows The Sport May Not Be The Safe Alternative To Football

For many young prospective athletes and their families, soccer has become the “safe” option. It isn’t built around the brutal hits that football is known for and the headlines haven’t been slamming the nation’s soccer league, Major League Soccer (MLS), for its handling of head injuries and the widespread development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).…

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By On July 11th, 2018

World Cup semifinal brings soccer’s concussion problem into focus

It’s not a World Cup without several shocking scenes that highlight how little FIFA really cares about concussions. This year’s international competition has already been criticized for incidents where players dazed players were “treated” for head-first collisions with being slapped and sprayed with water in the face. Now, Tuesday’s semifinal match between France and Belgium…

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By On June 18th, 2018

The World Cup’s handling of concussions dips to a new low

It seems like every four years the World Cup manages to find new ways to show how not to handle concussions. In the past, this typically included completely ignoring the head injuries, or quickly “treating” players on the sideline before sending them back onto the field. This year, however, Morocco has managed to up the…

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By On March 24th, 2017

Decade Long Study Shows Female Soccer Players Are At Highest Risk For Concussions

Football continues to hog the spotlight when it comes to concussions, but a new report from the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons shows female soccer players are the athletes who face the highest risk for brain injuries. “While American football has been both scientifically and colloquially associated with the highest concussion…

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By On February 16th, 2017

FIFA Downplays Risk of CTE in Soccer

In a statement issued today, the largest soccer organization in the world declared there is “no evidence” that ‘heading’ the ball is linked to an increased risk for brain disease. “To our very best knowledge, there is currently no true evidence of the negative effect of heading or other sub-concussive blows,” claimed FIFA. “Results from…

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By On January 20th, 2017

High School Soccer Players See Increasing Concussion Rates

As football continues to face criticism for its handling of concussions and the long-term risks of playing the violent sport, many younger athletes and their parents are opting for “safer” alternatives. In the past few years, soccer has enjoyed a resurgence due to its perceived safety. Unfortunately, soccer has its own issues with concussions. A…

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