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October 2, 2013

Just for Kicks: Fenwick girls using their heads when it comes concussion prevention

Sports fans nowadays are probably familiar with football-related concussions and how severe they can be to an athletes health and well being.

Despite being less of a contact sport, girls soccer is seeing more and more concussion related injuries at the high school level. Soccer has one of the highest concussion rates of all sports and is the highest among women’s sports.Though concussions don’t stand out as much as a broken arm or leg does, the injury to the brain is even more serious.

Just as they wear protective shin guards, more and more soccer players are beginning to wear concussion prevention head gear. Six players on the Bishop Fenwick girls team have worn the bands since the beginning of the season; some for basic precaution and others for preventing another one from occurring.

“I’m not sure how well they work; I think the jury is still out on that,” said head coach Karen Guillemette. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing that they wear them, and they’re all choosing to do it on their own. It’s not something I told them to do and it’s not mandatory.”

Fenwick midfielder Emma Harrington missed the majority of last season after suffering a severe concussion. She wasn’t able to play contact sports for seven months because it was her fourth concussion in a five years.

“My mom wanted me to wear it, and the doctors suggested that if I was going to return to that game that I should have some protection,” noted Harrington. “I don’t remember what caused me to get the concussion or (what happened) the week after, but I do remember it was painful and couldn’t go in the light for a while. They told me I went up for a ball, collided with another girl and landed on my neck.”

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