Who wears their headgear better.
Even though the headgear look a bit silly, and probably isn’t too comfortable to wear, this is no laughing matter when you think about.
Chelsea’s Petr Cech, perhaps the most famous headgear wearing soccer player in the world, wears his protective helmet after a collusion resulted in a skull fracture which required him to have metal plates attached to his skull. Yeah, I’d wear headgear after that.
Plus, he’s a goalkeeper, so he’s constantly diving for balls and jumping to win balls that put his head in danger. Goalkeepers should all wear headgear.
The Houston Dynamo’s Calen Carr, suffered a concussion, and since then wears the protective headgear so he’s less likely to suffer another one if he takes an elbow to the head or clashes heads with another player. That’s just smart. Why risk having to leave the game entirely if you suffer another consussion:
It’s an issue that youth soccer teams are also starting to address. Many teams aren’t even introducing heading the ball until kids are in their teens. Young kids are still growing and there’s no reason to risk injury at a young age. I think this is more than fair. Kids don’t have to try to head the ball when the keeper punts it sky high up the field. Kids don’t need to risk taking a head to the back of their own head when another player tries to win the ball with their head.
As far as the headgear battle – I think Cech wins but he doesn’t look to happy about having to wear it in this picture.
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