What protective headgear is available for soccer players?

Headgear available for soccer players is a 1.5- to 2-inch-wide foam headband or a soft helmet. Equipment companies market this headgear to soccer players with the claim that it will reduce head injuries that occur from heading the soccer ball. No research has confirmed that this headgear is effective in reducing the incidence of head injuries. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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