98th Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
Medical Subject Headings
Soccer, Adolescent, Youth Sports, Brain Concussion, Prevalence, Analysis of Variance, Humans
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of soccer heading during a season in a youth soccer club competitive team
Heading events were recorded real time using a recording datasheet for a single team and their opponent teams during the 2014 season of a youth soccer league. Position on the field at the time of the heading event was also documented.
Mean heading events were 35.5 events/match. A paired sample t-test showed no statistically significant difference between observed team and opponent teams. Mean standardized assessment of concussion (SAC) score for the observed soccer team was 24.9±2.6 (out of 30). ANOVA showed no significant differences in heading events between forward, middle, and defensive field positions.
Gonzalez-Cabrera P, Ganesan M, Jameson J, Hughes DM. Prevalence of Soccer Heading in Middle School American Youth Club Soccer Players. 98th Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2021.