Soccer Headgear

Indianapolis, Indiana - In April of 2018, Virginia Tech released its independent safety ratings for soccer headgear (Virginia Tech News, 30 April 2018). The ratings were based on laboratory studies involving crash test dummies. The performance of the 22 tested models of headgear showed varying levels of impact resistance, which may theoretically correlate to a reduction in concussion risk when worn by high school players.

Commentary: Sport specialization can do more harm than good

USA TODAY | May 3, 2017
By: Bob Gardner, Executive Director, NFHS and Scott Hallenbeck, CEO and Executive Director, USA Football 

More student-athletes are gaining the benefits, fun and rewards of high school sports than ever before. Studies support the notion that athletics advance the health of our young people and make a positive difference in their lives. But there’s more to this story.

Underreported are the added benefits of playing multiple sports and the harm done by specializing in one sport at a young age.