The ball comes flying in and the impact is directed exactly to the players head, what a beauty! Think again: That beautiful knock to the head might be more dangerous than you think!

Soccer has been viewed as a sport with low risk of injuries like concussions, however recent research has suggested that mild impact to the head is certainly under-recognized especially when it comes to sports like soccer. The clinical tests that are used to measure the damage related to sub-concussive injuries might be lacking in sensitivity and therefore the resultant effects of a mild blow to the head may be overlooked. Studies have suggested that minor head impact injuries lead to dysfunction, albeit transient, in vestibular processing and therefore it could have an impact on walking stability while a task is being performed. In another study it is proposed that mild repetitive blows to the head disrupts oculomotor processes.

It is clear that the under-appreciation of injuries obtained during non-contact sports should be reviewed and changes need to be put in place to ensure player safety.

Prevention is better than cure!

The world needs to know the risks involved in head injuries like concussion. Some adjustments to popular thought may bring about safer play and therefore less injuries. The following list contains such changes that could be made to ensure overall safety:

If you suspect you have a concussion…

If you had a blow to the head, it is very important to seek prompt attention. The signs and symptoms of concussion include:

You may even experience some more delayed symptoms long after the injury like:

If you have any of these signs and symptoms, it is of the essence that you seek prompt medical attention. We, at Brain Hub, offer comprehensive and tailored therapy to help people overcome the aftermath of post-concussion syndrome in order to restore lives.


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