Hundreds of thousands of kids participate in soccer countrywide. It’s the number one sport in the world.
The study says many young girls stay on the field even after suffering a concussion, especially among middle school aged girls.
The problem is not recognizing a concussion can easily lead to a second with far more severe consequences.
The Director of Coaching for the Eugene Timbers Jurgen Ruckaberle has been around soccer his entire life and a coach for more than 20 years for players of all ages. In that time, he’s seen players suffer injuries that keep them off the field.
According to a study done at the University of Washington, girls frequently play through a concussion.
Coach Ruckaberle says there are many reasons why young injured athletes choose to play, instead of heading for the sidelines.
“Sometimes players might grow up in an environment of families where being tough, being hard nosed is a good thing so they don’t share some of the symptoms,” Ruckaberle said.
Doctors and coaches say parents should look for those symptoms if their child has been involved in a collision on the field or fallen hard.
“Symptoms that usually start at the time of a concussion include headache, dizziness. There may be memory loss about the event. Sometime there’s nausea and vomiting,” said Dr. Justin Montoya.
Coach Ruckaberle says when one of his players is injured, there’s one rule. They’re done for the day.
“The player would sit on the bench and not go back in. After the game, I think it’s really important that the players rest,” Ruckaberle said.
Dr. Montoya says that’s the right call.
“It’s critically important for people to realize the symptoms of a concussion, the signs of a concussion and refrain from any activity that could cause that to get re-injured until that’s completely healed,” Dr. Montoya said.
Dr. Montoya says recovery time varies for different people. So if you or your child is suffering from any of those symptoms mentioned, they must rest until they go away.
Coach Ruckaberle says when it comes to the sport, he says concussions do happen.