Should Soccer Players Wear Helmets or Head Protection?
Soccer has been around for a long time
And although it’s not considered the roughest sport it can get a bit rough at times
Which is why I’m asking, Should Soccer Players Wear Helmets?
Now I don’t mean the helmets that you see in the NFL, I mean the headgear that you might see in rugby or for boxing
I’m pretty sure there will be some valid points for both sides of the arguments
Before you all argue among yourselves though, I want to put my thoughts out there to see if you agree with any of them
But before I do just watch this short video that I have found which shows some soccer head injuries
Bumps and Scrapes in Soccer
I’ve played soccer, or football as it’s called here in the UK since I was young and had my fair share of head injuries
Especially when going up to header the ball against the opposition
But now I coach my local mini rugby team and that’s a totally different type of bumps and scrapes but we are here to talk soccer aren’t we?
So let’s get to it shall we, What do you think?
Should Soccer Players Wear Helmets or Headgear?
There are only a handful of soccer players that actually wear them so to children they aren’t cool enough to wear
According to a third party source online they are looking at making them compulsory up to a certain age
I’m not really sure how that’s going to go down with the parents, or the children for that matter
There are some parents who will not let their child play without head protection, but there are some (myself included) who have no problems at all letting their child loose on the pitch without wearing any
I played for years without any protection for my head and had a few bumps
And there’s nothing wrong with me now… TWITCH, SAUSAGES, BIRD, W##KER!!!
See, I’m Not Affected by it at All!!!
So, As i said earlier, this only my opinion of head protection fir soccer, which we all have
Pros & Cons of Soccer Head Protection
- Lowers the risk of concussion and head abrasions.
- There’s many different to designs to choose from.
- Can give you more confidence. (but that’s also a con as well)
OK that 2nd one isn’t really a pro but I’m struggling to find a second good thing to say about them so it looks like I’m just stuck with these good things going for them
- Can restrict your eyesight a bit depending on the style you use
- Gives you more confidence going for the ball or going in for a tackle which could result in a much more serious injury.
- Even though there is an ongoing argument that heading the ball gives you concussion but can you imagine trying to header a ball while wearing one, Your team-mates will probably give you concussion for heading the ball in the wrong direction.
- Again, depending on the style, it’s going to get hot, sweaty and itchy under there and you don’t want to spend the whole game looking like you have head lice.
Yes there are more cons than pros in my point of view, But can you think of any yourself?
Does Soccer Headgear Prevent Concussion?
Firstly, Studies have shown that female soccer players are more prone to getting concussions than male players and even though soccer headgear can greatly reduce the risk of concussion to soccer players, they won’t completely stop any soccer players from getting any injuries at all.
If you were to start wearing head protection while playing soccer then you might want to check these reviews out to save you doing your own soccer headgear research
- The Full 90 Soccer Head Gear Review
- The Storelli ExoShield Head Guard Review
- The Unequal Halo 3 HeadGear Review
Just Before You Go
Take some time to let others know what you think about the soccer head protection
Or if you have had either good or bad experiences with them then put your vote out there if you think soccer head guards should be compulsory or not