Study: Soccer players get concussions too

It is fairly common knowledge that football players have to be concerned about concussions. After all, when there are men easily weighing upward of 300 pounds running into each other, someone is bound to be on the wrong end of a hard hit. A 2013 study found that more high school kids are actually at risk for concussions than professional football players in the NFL.

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Any new or updated research related to a TBI will stay on the radar of Houston personal injury lawyers, because cases that include TBIs may fall into a category where an attorney could help.

It is interesting how the warnings of a concussion have now extended to a sport no one probably even considered: soccer. After all, there’s no hard hitting, no running into each other and no 300-pound men. But there still is contact with the head. A recent study says that while soccer can be violent, as players routinely run into each other, it is the repeated bumps on the head with the soccer ball that can be the real culprit. Experts can’t say for sure whether “heading” the ball led to the brain disease caused by concussions found in 29-year-old soccer player Patrick Grange of New Mexico. Grange’s case is the first time a soccer player has been found to have the disease.

But the next obvious question is — just like the question that followed for juvenile football players — what about children who play the sport? Should parents be concerned they are at risk?

There is no solid answer yet but the concern is valid. Personal injury attorneys know concussions can lead to a host of medical problems and any TBI must be recognized and treated with care to avoid further damage.

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