Nov 7, 2019

Study: Concussion risk for girls in soccer second only to boys in football

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe at the 2019 Women's World Cup. She's pledged to posthumously donate her brain to concussion research. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Girls who play soccer are at risk from concussion at nearly the same rate as boys who play football, a new study finds.

By the numbers: Boys who played football had the most concussions — 10 per every 10,000 practices or games — according to the study of 20 sports, published in the journal Pediatrics. Girls who played soccer were next, with concussions occurring in eight per 10,000 instances.

  • The CDC notes that girls have "higher rates of concussion than boys in high school soccer" and that concussions most "commonly occur when an athlete is heading the ball." Per the CDC:
    • About 1 in 3 concussions among girls happens during heading (31%).
    • About 1 in 4 concussions among boys happens during heading (28%).

The big picture: CBS News notes that U.S. women's national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe and retired USWNT players Abby Wambach, Michelle Akers and Brandi Chastain have pledged to posthumously donate their brains for concussion research.

What they're saying: The CDC "HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports" initiative that provides information to coaches, parents and athletes recommends that children aged 10 and younger should not head balls and that 11- to 13-year-olds should limit heading to practices only.

  • It recommends that athletes are taught to avoid collisions to reduce the chances of concussion occurring and that unsafe actions should be avoided, such as making illegal contact.
  • Tripping hazards should be removed and equipment including goalposts should have padding that's in good condition, per the CDC.

Go deeper: The NFL is changing how it handles concussions

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Private equity giant Silver Lake to invest $500 million in City Football Group

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Private equity giant Silver Lake agreed to invest $500 million for just over a 10% stake in City Football Group, owner of reigning English Premier League champs Manchester City and other soccer clubs, from Abu Dhabi United Group.

Why it matters: It makes CFG, now valued at $4.8 billion, the world's most valuable soccer group.

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Judge: U.S. women's soccer team subject to discriminatory working conditions

The U.S. women’s soccer team celebrates winning the 2019 Women's World Cup in July. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. women's national team hailed a judge's ruling that they're paid less per game than the men's side as he granted them class status in their gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It’s almost a validation of everything that we’re seeing. I think it’s a really positive step forward in this fight."
— U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe to the WSJ
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NFL players weigh health against career threats

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The recent medical struggles of three NFL players highlight the delicate balance of athletes' health and their careers.

Driving the news: In October, former New York Jets guard Kelechi Osemele filed an injury grievance against his team for an outstanding shoulder issue. After he refused to practice and underwent unauthorized surgery to address the issue, going against the team's opinion, the Jets released Osemele. He was stuck with fines of up to $579,000 each week, ESPN reports.

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