Soccer has highest concussion rate among girls

Posted at 12:52 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 08:16:11-04

Concussion concerns have sparked new technology that is expected to revolutionize NFL player safety.

Vicis, a company devoted to impact reducing football helmets, is creating new helmets to reduce the forces that effect football players during games and practices. Bloomberg reported the company's ZERO1 helmet will cost $1,500 each. NFL and NCAA teams plan to use the helmets this season.

But professional football is not the only point of concern. High school sports are also looked at when it comes to head trauma and concussion safety.

On Monday, August 29, the Erie County Legislature will conduct a public hearing on a proposed law to prevent head trauma from concussions in youth sports. This law intends to "insure that all minors playing organized contact or collision youth sports...are properly supervised and that those who have been entrusted with the safety of minors are sufficiently trained in identifying concussion related symptoms."

According to Head Case, an organization dedicated to protecting young athletes from the risks of undetected cumulative concussions, football has the highest rate of sports concussions per 100,000 athletic exposures.

But football is not the only sport that parents and athletes need to keep an eye on.

Sports Concussion Institute reports soccer as number one sport with concussion risk for girls. An article by NewsLeader even suggests that people quit football due to health issues like concussions and move to other sports, such as soccer and wrestling, because they do not think there is as great a risk for head injuries.

From soccer and wrestling to cheerleading and basketball, there are more sports to look out for than just football when it comes to concussion safety.