As all parents know, although you may want to do everything in your power to protect your child from injury or harm, you just can’t always prevent them from getting hurt.  This is true even for Galaxy Soccer players.  It is especially true when it comes to high school sports.  Face it, if your child plays a high school sport, they are going to get hurt at one point or another.  You can’t spend all your time worrying about it.  But there are some things you should be more concerned about than others.  One of these is concussions.  Remember that when it comes to sports, not all concussions are gotten through football alone.

Soccer players — especially girls — do get concussions, and the first indications that a simple bump on the head is more serious are dizziness, nausea, blurry vision and headaches.  All of these are symptoms that accompany head trauma, as any pro Galaxy Soccer Brisbane player can tell you.

A report done in 2013 by the American academy of Neurology states that football has the highest rate of concussions in high school sports (1.55 per 1,000 games), with girls soccer placing second (0.97 per 1,000 games).

What Do Parents Need to Know About Soccer and Head Injuries?

The fact of the matter is that while soccer is a wonderful sport, it does carry with it some risk of concussion, even in Galaxy Soccer Brisbane.  The main concern in concussions is after the attempt of “heading” the ball.  There’s also a newer concern about the risk of damage caused by the repetition of headers.  Some early studies are starting to show …. brain changes on soccer players who have not had concussions but have had a lot of headers.

What Should Parents Look Out For If Their Child May Have a Concussion?

First off, it’s very important that every parent out there who has a child involved in sports makes sure that their child understands exactly what a concussion is, what the signs and symptoms are.  Also let them know that’s it’s important for them to speak up when they have a concussion, or any other serious injury for that matter.  There is no glory to be had in suffering in silence.  All Galaxy Soccer players know that.  The most common symptoms of a concussion are headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, confusion, ringing of their ears, and feeling lethargic.  Also keep in mind that in most cases a concussion is not diagnosed when it occurs.  It won’t likely be confirmed until later that night or even the next day.

Girls high school is second in sports-related concussions.  This puzzles some doctors, but not others.  It seems that the answer is neck strength.  Men and boys have stronger necks, and a stronger neck can help reduce the risk of a concussion by slowing down the moving of your head.  There are other possible reasons as well, but that’s the main one.

Second Impact Syndrome

Doctors often caution about this happening with concussions.  Second impact syndrome is when somebody who suffered a concussion receives another blow to the head before the concussion is healed.  That leads to rapid swelling of the brain, and in 50% of case, it causes death.  This happens to a handful of high school athletes every year.

Recovering From a Concussion

Every child who sustains a concussion should be under the care of a physician.  You can never predict when a child will completely recover, so parents should beware if a doctor assures them that their child will be fine and back in action in two weeks.


Jake Hyet is an expert on Galaxy Soccer Brisbane and has worked for as a coach.  He writes extensively on the topic of soccer and his own experiences with the game.