In high school sports, girls’ soccer is the second highest source for concussions among all athletes – with 36 injuries per 100,000 players. Only high school football has more: 47 injuries per 100,000 players. The source of most girls’ concussions: colliding with another player or the ground. A header is not the major source; the impact with the ball is not sufficient to injure. However, many collisions occur when two girls are trying to head the same ball. Additional studies show that girls are more prone to concussion and take longer to recover.
The Blue Lake take on it:
You might think your daughter should avoid sports after reading coverage about girls’ concussive injuries. But, like so many things, injuries are still relatively rare, and if your daughter loves sports, it would be a mistake to take her away from that. Instead, make sure you and your daughter understand the most common injury-inducing maneuvers, and use protective gear where applicable.