We have written about the perils of soccer on here a few times, including some cases; probably not enough. Strike that last comment, it has not been enough. Soccer has a concussion issue, one that is lying just beneath the surface waiting to rear its ugly head. I will freely admit that I have done a disservice by not bringing more attention to this sport, but thankfully there is a writer who took a deeper look and provides excellent commentary on the issue.
His name, Leander Schaerlaekens and he writes for ESPN.com on the soccer side of things. His article was not only a case-by-case indictment of the concussion issue in soccer; it provided some insight to why the issue is there;
In spite of the attention they’ve gotten, ice hockey and football of the gridiron variety do not have a monopoly on concussions. Soccer, which has long had a reputation for being a relatively safe sport in the U.S., is nearly as likely to cause brain injury.
Very true statement. Continue reading