Whether you're a player, team doctor, coach, or administrator for a club, it's your responsibility to keep players safe. Concussions are all over the news in the last couple of years, which brings an alarming awareness to how bad and how common this injury is among the soccer community at all levels. On the other end of the issue is academic/medical studies, and I'm so pleased to learn that female soccer players are being included. I read about a long term study being done by Boston University - The LEGEND study. They are studying CTE - chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease of the brain caused by repeated blows to the head. We all know that's a part of soccer, with elbows flying, headers, and hard crashes it's highly likely you're going to have an impact to the head. This study isn't diagnostic, they aren't giving out answers to individuals, but gathering evidence to understand the condition better. I began playing in 1972, and I felt my age, the length of time I played, and being female, I could be of value to the study. So I called them and will be a participant. One of the study-team members told me they need more female soccer players. Please take a look at the below informational flyer and consider participating. It's a few pieces of paperwork, a very small commitment of time, and it will make a difference to those who play after you.
Comment below if you've had a concussion. Tell us your story.
Shoutout to: Back in September, the non-profit ThinkTaylor.org, (@thinktaylororg on Twitter) founded by soccer pro Taylor Twellman, co-hosted Concussion Awareness Week to make concussion awareness a priority for soccer players. Check out their website for education and a pledge you can take to commit to brain safety.
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