More female soccer players suffering from concussions

Published: May. 11, 2012 at 9:38 PM CDT
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Amarillo, TX- Concussions are a dangerous risk for soccer players, especially for females.

A new report from the American Journal of Sports Medicine shows concussions affect hundreds of girls every year across America, and several right here in Amarillo.

Amarillo ISD Athletic Director Brad Thiessen says concussions in soccer are possible because the girls are often running at full speed toward each other during games, as well as using their heads to bounce the ball.

Last year Texas lawmakers passed a concussion mandate, meaning schools are now required to make sure all students are safe after suffering an injury.

"What we can do on our side of it is to make sure that they are not put back on the field or the court until they are ready to be put back out on the court, and there is a protocol for that we abide by, making sure that those kids have gone through the proper steps to make sure that everything has been healed, just like it is supposed to be. Whether it is a broken bone, or anything else, it is an injury and we need to make sure that it is healed," said Thiessen.

Signs of a concussion include; headache, blurred vision and nausea.