A recent column by a women's soccer goalkeeper drew attention to concussions in youth and collegiate sports ("Concussions hurt more than NFL: Column"). Comments from Twitter and Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar:
As a woman who suffered five concussions on the pitch (playing field), I wholeheartedly agree with Anna Cassell's column that concussion prevention needs to be a priority in sports research.
And the consequences go beyond the loss of playing our sport, which provided us with such passion and all out joy. Post-concussion symptoms caused the loss of my career, which I loved. More protocols and more education about the potential life-altering effects are needed.
— Tammy Court
There is very little that can be done to completely abolish concussions from contact sports other than not playing them.
No youth football until age 12. Eliminate all headers in youth soccer and head-to-head contact. Use better helmets.
Goalkeepers choose to go after those balls that are coming their way. The same with football. If you knew that certain plays were more likely to give you a concussion, would you keep doing the same things? Or would you alter your tackle approach?
Changes need to be made regarding the rules and the way those rules are policed on the field by the referees. But let's not kid ourselves. Any one of us playing these contact sports can change our style of play to remain a bit more safe. It's either that or fear playing "ruthlessly" and ending your career early.
— Michael Sexton
Without completely altering a sport's rules with safety first in mind, injuries will be a part of it no matter what the measure.
Concussions are part of the game in any sport. That's the risk one takes when one chooses to play.
Better protection is needed. But concussions will never fully be stopped so treatment is important.
— Douglas Farrago
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