Tell Us: Should Soccer Players Wear Protective Headgear?

A new Massachusetts 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? Or do you think soccer players should stick to shin-guards and mouth-guards?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Laurie October 25, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Seriously, this question needs to be asked? Football, Little League, bicycles all require helmets or protective head gear. These are our children; any protection against concussion risk should be required and used!
Sam October 25, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Football and baseball require helmets because those are the rules. If you look at the evolution of the football helmet, they were initially leather. You never heard anything about concussions then because football players wouldn't use their helmet's as weapons. Going head-on would hurt them as much as their opponent. The more padding and protection that people are equipped with, the more we are promoting reckless behavior. We are giving a false sense of security, and people rely too much on their equipment, instead of working on the fundementals of the sport and excercising the common sense notion of self-preservation. I am concerned that helmets and padding are stripping us of the instinct of self-preservation.
Eyal S Ron October 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Both outh guards and headgear have no place in soccer. mouth guards limit the communication which is critical for a team play and there are almost twice as many head injuries in basketball as in soccer. Even water sports (diving, water polo, swiming, etc..) have more head injuries. Are we barking at the wrong tree?
Jim Conlin December 03, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Eyal S Ron 7:13 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2012 Wrote: ...Even water sports (diving, water polo, swiming, etc..) have more head injuries. What's the source on this?


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