Okay, a pretty unlikely scenario, but Petr Cech, a Czech-born professional soccer player has been sidelined for an entire year due to his brain injury. Apparently, he collided with another soccer player, sending bone fragments splintering into his brain. Here’s a sobering blip from a teammate:
“Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann said a keeper will one day end up in a wheelchair unless more is done to protect them, the Times and Mail reported. “
This is actually a call for proactive–not reactive–prevention. The question is, how will goalkeepers be able to protect themselves in a sport that requires the use of a bare head to bang a ball around? Being soccerskill-deficient, I’ll leave that for soccer’s elite to answer.