Brain Injured Soccer Players Are At Higher Risk For Other Injuries

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Germany's Christoph Kramer gets hit in the face by Argentina's Ezequiel Garay shoulder (2) while pinned between Garay and Marcos Rojo during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. | Natacha Pisarenko/AP Photo

Germany’s Christoph Kramer gets hit in the face by Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay during the World Cup Final July 13, 2014. | Natacha Pisarenko/AP Photo

Despite girl’s soccer having one of the highest rates of brain injuries behind football, it wasn’t until this year’s World Cup that the sports community became concerned about the management of concussions in the game.

Almost certainly thanks to a few brutal collisions and seemingly obvious – though still not confirmed – brain injuries, people are finally starting to take notice that many other sports don’t have comprehensive brain injury guidelines similar to those that have become popular for football.

Behind these high profile events and prime-time TV-friendly crashes, there is also constant research steadily shining light onto the multitudes of ways brain injuries affect our bodies. One such new study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says professional soccer players who suffer brain injuries are more likely to suffer other injuries within the next year compared to other players.

These findings could indicate more subtle motor-function issues that previously detected which make continued competition more dangerous than even previously believed, and may be true for other sports as well. You can find out more about the study here.

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