TELL US: Should Soccer Players Wear Protective Headgear?

A new state law may allow youth and high school soccer players to wear protective padded headbands during games.

If you're a fan of professional football, you've probably noticed an increased concern regarding concussions and the longterm affects they can have on athletes.

And while the recent campaign to prevent concussions may be most visible during a New England Patriots game, the push to prevent concussions among youth soccer players is creating a buzz among sports organizations across the Commonwealth.

In the coming weeks, state lawmakers will vote on a bill, being forwarded by the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, that would allow youth and high school soccer players to wear protective headbands during games.

The light-weight padded headbands are meant to protect the top of a player's head from high-speed impacts and wearing them wouldn't be made mandatory if the bill is passed. 

Opponents to similar bills have argued that the headbands haven't been proven to prevent concussions and fear that they may give players who choose to wear them an unfair advantage.

So, before it comes to a vote, we want to know: where do you stand on the issue?

Would you welcome protective headgear to local soccer fields if it meant fewer concussions? Do you think soccer players should stick to shin-guards and mouth-guards?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Ian Smith October 25, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Bill M I have to say I am surprised with your comment. Soccer is not a contact sport? Have you ever been to a game? Soccer is a full-contact sport at every level whether your child is 5 or 25 they are at risk on the field. I grew up playing soccer at the club, high school, college and semi-pro levels and I can assure you that it is a contact sport. I now have kids that play at competitive levels and concussions are becoming a real issue. I think back in the day we didn't know enough about it to care, but after all the studies that have taken place over recent years I think the headgear is probably a good thing. Why risk having your child getting a head injury if it can be prevented? This is a sport that doesn't require you to wear much protection, but that doesn't mean its not a contact sport. I have seen numerous injuries ranging from broken bone to concussions and even compound fractures in kids ranging in age from 7-23. Adding a little extra protection would be a good thing if its going to prevent or lessen the severity of an injury. Lets be realistic. Just because they are not wearing full body armor doesn't make it a non-contact sport. Soccer players are at a higher risk because of the fact that they wear less protection. I think adding this protective headband would be a good idea especially for the younger players who are less aware on the field and more likely to not protect themselves when going in for a tackle or a header. Safety is never a bad thing..
Ian Smith October 25, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Kathy I think they are trying to make it mandatory at a certain level for all kids. It will be interesting to see how it plays out...
Jeremy November 02, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Absolutely they should be required to wear protective padding on their heads. Soccer is a cut throat sport and is viscously brutal. I read in a book that soccer is the leading cause of death in teens behind tornadoes. For the players not to wear protective head gear is a suicide mission.
Brooklyn johnson January 29, 2013 at 08:39 PM
i think kids should have to wear the head gear they don't prevent concussions but they sure do help them not leave as bad as concussions!!!!!!! i wear on and i am sure thankful for it has helped me keep playing soccer because i have concussion that would have ended my soccer career but i had the headband that made it better
NaemhOisin January 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM
tornadoes? tornadoes !!! Maybe people who live in tornado prone areas should be required to wear govt mandated stuff !!!!


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