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2012-05-10 11:15:04 AM
And so demonstrates the dangers of synchronized grass diving
 
2012-05-10 12:10:54 PM
images.usatoday.com

Problem solved.
 
2012-05-10 12:14:36 PM
Just pad the headboard.
 
2012-05-10 12:21:18 PM

ChrisDe: [images.usatoday.com image 180x160]

Problem solved.


I agree.

The Rock Center segment did not even mention headgear. WTF?

4 girls on my daughters team wear them, including our daughter who is the keeper.

Also did not see any players in any of the clips wearing them. Don't know if it is a regional thing (segment was based on the east coast and we are in north Texass).
 
2012-05-10 12:28:51 PM
cdn.bleacherreport.net
 
2012-05-10 12:36:07 PM

sigpisig: ChrisDe: [images.usatoday.com image 180x160]

Problem solved.

I agree.

The Rock Center segment did not even mention headgear. WTF?

4 girls on my daughters team wear them, including our daughter who is the keeper.

Also did not see any players in any of the clips wearing them. Don't know if it is a regional thing (segment was based on the east coast and we are in north Texass).



WTF are people doing wrong now?

I played soccer (and indoor soccer) from when I was around 6 or 7 until I graduated high school...and the only serious injuries were the freak ones that a headband would never have prevented.
 
2012-05-10 12:38:03 PM
i369.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-10 12:42:14 PM

mrtoadswildride: sigpisig: ChrisDe: [images.usatoday.com image 180x160]

Problem solved.

I agree.

The Rock Center segment did not even mention headgear. WTF?

4 girls on my daughters team wear them, including our daughter who is the keeper.

Also did not see any players in any of the clips wearing them. Don't know if it is a regional thing (segment was based on the east coast and we are in north Texass).


WTF are people doing wrong now?

I played soccer (and indoor soccer) from when I was around 6 or 7 until I graduated high school...and the only serious injuries were the freak ones that a headband would never have prevented.


It has just gotten really competitive, and the refing sucks. They rarely call anything as dangerous play, let alone card anyone. If they would be more heavy handed with controlling a match it would be different. Most head injuries here are from hitting the ground after a bad tackle.
 
2012-05-10 12:46:03 PM
Women play a lot rougher. Mens teams, specifically the Italians, spend more game time diving and flopping around on the turf when an opposing player looks at them funny.
 
2012-05-10 12:54:39 PM
Mouth guards, head gear, and neck-strengthening calisthenics plus a coach who knows how to spot a concussed player will go a LOT way to deal with these. What does that take? A few hours a week of exercise, a coach spending a few hours a season in a clinic, and like $30 worth of equipment.

Also, girls soccer players suffer high rates of knee injuries that can be mitigated by some calisthenics to strengthen the muscles around the knee and $30 worth of knee braces.
 
2012-05-10 01:04:38 PM
One sad anecdote, some broad generalizations that lack data and a few quotes from so-called "experts" wanting to make names for themselves. Yup, just another day in "news is entertainment".

The only "numbers" I was able to get out of this trash was "hundreds" of female soccer players with concussions among "48% of 3 million" athletes. Let's assume worst-case, "hundreds" means 999, or basically 1000. That's 1000 out of 1.44 million, or. . . 0.07%. That's a crisis?? If that's "record-breaking", that's because the stat really didn't have anywhere else to go but up.
 
2012-05-10 01:04:43 PM
Girls soccer is so tough to watch, and that's coming from a guy who played soccer. I'd rather watch a WNBA game.
 
2012-05-10 01:06:41 PM

dragonchild: One sad anecdote, some broad generalizations that lack data and a few quotes from so-called "experts" wanting to make names for themselves. Yup, just another day in "news is entertainment".

The only "numbers" I was able to get out of this trash was "hundreds" of female soccer players with concussions among "48% of 3 million" athletes. Let's assume worst-case, "hundreds" means 999, or basically 1000. That's 1000 out of 1.44 million, or. . . 0.07%. That's a crisis?? If that's "record-breaking", that's because the stat really didn't have anywhere else to go but up.


"The number of girls suffering concussions in soccer accounts for the second largest amount of all concussions reported by young athletes, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine. (Football tops the list.)"
 
2012-05-10 01:10:10 PM
Came for the Family Guy reference, oh hell, I'll just do it myself:
 
2012-05-10 01:12:29 PM

Cymbal: Came for the Family Guy reference, oh hell, I'll just do it myself:


Link
 
2012-05-10 01:14:00 PM

meanmutton: "The number of girls suffering concussions in soccer accounts for the second largest amount of all concussions reported by young athletes, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine. (Football tops the list.)"


If the #2 cause of concussions among young athletes does so at what is most assuredly less than 0.07%, I'd say we're doing fantastic. Let's move on to something else. . . like, say, the #1 cause of concussions??
 
2012-05-10 01:16:53 PM

meanmutton: dragonchild: One sad anecdote, some broad generalizations that lack data and a few quotes from so-called "experts" wanting to make names for themselves. Yup, just another day in "news is entertainment".

The only "numbers" I was able to get out of this trash was "hundreds" of female soccer players with concussions among "48% of 3 million" athletes. Let's assume worst-case, "hundreds" means 999, or basically 1000. That's 1000 out of 1.44 million, or. . . 0.07%. That's a crisis?? If that's "record-breaking", that's because the stat really didn't have anywhere else to go but up.

"The number of girls suffering concussions in soccer accounts for the second largest amount of all concussions reported by young athletes, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine. (Football tops the list.)"


I said above that most head injuries I have seen have been from hitting the ground, but some do occur when two players jump to head the ball. An old coach of my daughters said that was a bigger risk in girls (to your point above) than boys because of the way they jump. Girls typically jump with their arms at their sides, and boys with arms raised with elbows bent. This gives the boys a way to gain some space, and the girls jump with their heads next to each other.

It comes down to what others have said teaching proper technique, and practicing it.
 
2012-05-10 01:20:36 PM

dragonchild: meanmutton: "The number of girls suffering concussions in soccer accounts for the second largest amount of all concussions reported by young athletes, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine. (Football tops the list.)"

If the #2 cause of concussions among young athletes does so at what is most assuredly less than 0.07%, I'd say we're doing fantastic. Let's move on to something else. . . like, say, the #1 cause of concussions??


1) Girls don't really play football, so that's not going to help them.
2) People don't really think of girls soccer as having a risk of concussion and knee injury.
3) It's cheap and easy to dramatically improve the rates of injury. Head gear, mouth guard, knee braces, calisthenics, and some training for the coach and you're done. Less than $100 a player, a few hours a week of training, a few hours a year of education for coaches.
 
2012-05-10 01:40:04 PM
Soccer has always had a high rate of injuries. Good marketing makes people think it is safe for their kids.

Knees and Concussions were always common injuries among my soccer friends. Everyone always acted like it was a freak thing though
 
2012-05-10 01:46:53 PM

meanmutton: dragonchild: meanmutton: "The number of girls suffering concussions in soccer accounts for the second largest amount of all concussions reported by young athletes, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine. (Football tops the list.)"

If the #2 cause of concussions among young athletes does so at what is most assuredly less than 0.07%, I'd say we're doing fantastic. Let's move on to something else. . . like, say, the #1 cause of concussions??

1) Girls don't really play football, so that's not going to help them.
2) People don't really think of girls soccer as having a risk of concussion and knee injury.
3) It's cheap and easy to dramatically improve the rates of injury. Head gear, mouth guard, knee braces, calisthenics, and some training for the coach and you're done. Less than $100 a player, a few hours a week of training, a few hours a year of education for coaches.


Head gear isn't worn in soccer because it makes heading the ball exceedingly difficult to control. Mouth guard = no communication with fellow players, knee braces = more difficulty running.

There's a reason nobody wears safety gear to play soccer outside of shin guards. Most guys don't even wear a cup because it makes running tough.

What I would like to see is how many of these concussions are from field players vs goalkeepers. As a keeper myself I've suffered 2 concussions myself just from charging an opposing player in the box, diving at their feet for the ball, and my head getting steam rolled because they didn't jump over me.

/gets nasty headaches occasionally as a result :(
 
2012-05-10 01:54:05 PM

weiserfireman: Soccer has always had a high rate of injuries. Good marketing makes people think it is safe for their kids.


I don't know if that's the result of "good marketing" so much as the inherent perception that a sport in which realistically, all you need is a field and one ball to play is safer and cheaper than one in which you need to spend (over the life of your kid's career) several hundreds to thousands of dollars on equipment and armor. There are no words to describe the elation on my Dad's face when I told him I was quitting hockey, and it certainly wasn't my "safety" he was happy/concerned about.
 
2012-05-10 01:54:25 PM

weiserfireman: Soccer has always had a high rate of injuries. Good marketing makes people think it is safe for their kids.

Knees and Concussions were always common injuries among my soccer friends. Everyone always acted like it was a freak thing though


ACL tears have been common in girls soccer. I don't recall ever having a concussion (*rimshot*), but I was one of the few who only had one major injury (horribly broken arm a week before college during an indoor game), despite playing most of my youth.

I've noticed that most refs these days call advantage if the ball is anywhere near your feet. I played an indoor game last night and was whacked hard in the shin by 3 different people during the same sequence. However, since the ball was still near my feet and I was still standing, not one guy was punished.

/Not very good at dribbling
//Passed the ball away to yell at the ref
///Wondering if I will get a card for referring to a call as a cock sucking call
 
2012-05-10 01:56:08 PM

Strategeryz0r: Head gear isn't worn in soccer because it makes heading the ball exceedingly difficult to control. Mouth guard = no communication with fellow players, knee braces = more difficulty running.


Lots of sports use mouth guards and they communicate fine.

Lots sports use knee braces and they run fine
 
2012-05-10 01:58:57 PM

meanmutton: Mouth guards, head gear, and neck-strengthening calisthenics plus a coach who knows how to spot a concussed player will go a LOT way to deal with these. What does that take? A few hours a week of exercise, a coach spending a few hours a season in a clinic, and like $30 worth of equipment.

Also, girls soccer players suffer high rates of knee injuries that can be mitigated by some calisthenics to strengthen the muscles around the knee and $30 worth of knee braces.


My cousin took a hit to the side of her knee during a game and completely tore her MCL. Had to get a cadaver tendon; she can run, but she can never play soccer again.
 
2012-05-10 02:01:13 PM

MugzyBrown: Strategeryz0r: Head gear isn't worn in soccer because it makes heading the ball exceedingly difficult to control. Mouth guard = no communication with fellow players, knee braces = more difficulty running.

Lots of sports use mouth guards and they communicate fine.

Lots sports use knee braces and they run fine


Try it. No, really. You think, especially at high school levels or hell even the premier league, somebody didn't think it would be a smart move to bring in more safety gear? It changed the dynamic of the game too much, and hindered player abilities. Why do you think the only guy who wears headgear at a pro level is Peter Cech? And even then he only wears it because a doctor told him he's risking permanent brain damage if he gets another head injury.

Other sports don't have the same requirements soccer does. The size of the field requires a wide range of vocal communication(between forwards, defenders, and the keeper at all distances), and the fact you only get so many substitutions each game means you need to ensure your players can run at a good pace for a long time.
 
2012-05-10 02:12:14 PM

Jake Havechek: Women play a lot rougher. Mens teams, specifically the Italians, spend more game time diving and flopping around on the turf when an opposing player looks at them funny.


i don't think it's this.

i think it's similar to men's MLS league and why they have so many head injuries:

lack of skill & talent leads to the ball just pinging around the pitch with nobody controlling it... just lots of headers over and over.

watch any top flight soccer: epl la liga serie a' etc. the level of control is just staggering.
 
2012-05-10 02:13:51 PM

MugzyBrown: Lots of sports use mouth guards and they communicate fine.

Lots sports use knee braces and they run fine


No, dude, soccer is totes different from everything else! It's so much tougher and more impressive how they can half-assed jog for 80 minutes in between a few sprints. No one else runs with knee braces on! It's impossible and has nothing to do with the fact that athletes are morons.

/if basketball players can wear all of the above, so can you, soccer players.
 
2012-05-10 02:14:54 PM
At least it's just the girls. Who as we have seen a few stories down from here, have no place on a field playing a game. CUZ THE BIG JEEZ SED SO
 
2012-05-10 02:17:11 PM

IAmRight: MugzyBrown: Lots of sports use mouth guards and they communicate fine.

Lots sports use knee braces and they run fine

No, dude, soccer is totes different from everything else! It's so much tougher and more impressive how they can half-assed jog for 80 minutes in between a few sprints. No one else runs with knee braces on! It's impossible and has nothing to do with the fact that athletes are morons.

/if basketball players can wear all of the above, so can you, soccer players.


2/10

Nice attempt though. Shame your facts are all wrong.
 
2012-05-10 02:30:22 PM

VvonderJesus: Girls soccer is so tough to watch, and that's coming from a guy who played soccer. I'd rather watch a WNBA game.


I had a nightmare a couple days ago... flipping through channels and those were the only two options.

I woke up screaming.
 
2012-05-10 02:48:38 PM

MugzyBrown: Strategeryz0r: Head gear isn't worn in soccer because it makes heading the ball exceedingly difficult to control. Mouth guard = no communication with fellow players, knee braces = more difficulty running.

Lots of sports use mouth guards and they communicate fine.

Lots sports use knee braces and they run fine


Football, for instance, uses both quite extensively. Quarterbacks seem to be able to yell out audibles rather effectively and I've never seen anyone have difficulty running because of a knee brace.

Honestly, we're talking about recreational leagues here, not the Olympics. Your 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 year old girl's physical health is more important than whatever marginal competitive advantage she might gain from not wearing a knee brace or using a mouth guard.
 
2012-05-10 02:49:58 PM

Strategeryz0r: MugzyBrown: Strategeryz0r: Head gear isn't worn in soccer because it makes heading the ball exceedingly difficult to control. Mouth guard = no communication with fellow players, knee braces = more difficulty running.

Lots of sports use mouth guards and they communicate fine.

Lots sports use knee braces and they run fine

Try it. No, really. You think, especially at high school levels or hell even the premier league, somebody didn't think it would be a smart move to bring in more safety gear? It changed the dynamic of the game too much, and hindered player abilities. Why do you think the only guy who wears headgear at a pro level is Peter Cech? And even then he only wears it because a doctor told him he's risking permanent brain damage if he gets another head injury.

Other sports don't have the same requirements soccer does. The size of the field requires a wide range of vocal communication(between forwards, defenders, and the keeper at all distances), and the fact you only get so many substitutions each game means you need to ensure your players can run at a good pace for a long time.


Your 10 year old girl is not, and never will be, Peter Cech.
 
2012-05-10 02:53:33 PM

meanmutton: Strategeryz0r: MugzyBrown: Strategeryz0r: Head gear isn't worn in soccer because it makes heading the ball exceedingly difficult to control. Mouth guard = no communication with fellow players, knee braces = more difficulty running.

Lots of sports use mouth guards and they communicate fine.

Lots sports use knee braces and they run fine

Try it. No, really. You think, especially at high school levels or hell even the premier league, somebody didn't think it would be a smart move to bring in more safety gear? It changed the dynamic of the game too much, and hindered player abilities. Why do you think the only guy who wears headgear at a pro level is Peter Cech? And even then he only wears it because a doctor told him he's risking permanent brain damage if he gets another head injury.

Other sports don't have the same requirements soccer does. The size of the field requires a wide range of vocal communication(between forwards, defenders, and the keeper at all distances), and the fact you only get so many substitutions each game means you need to ensure your players can run at a good pace for a long time.

Your 10 year old girl is not, and never will be, Peter Cech.


Not saying she is. Merely saying there are no rules requiring safety gear for a reason. However, there are also no rules outlawing additional safety gear. So really, it's down to the player. Most will prefer not to play with safety gear.
 
2012-05-10 02:58:02 PM

Strategeryz0r: meanmutton:

Your 10 year old girl is not, and never will be, Peter Cech.

Not saying she is. Merely saying there are no rules requiring safety gear for a reason. However, there are also no rules outlawing additional safety gear. So really, it's down to the player. Most will prefer not to play with safety gear.


Kids never want to. It's a parent's job to force them to do it. In no way is it even remotely worth the marginal additional bump in performance when you're talking about potentially life altering knee and brain injuries.
 
2012-05-10 03:03:50 PM

meanmutton: MugzyBrown: Strategeryz0r: Head gear isn't worn in soccer because it makes heading the ball exceedingly difficult to control. Mouth guard = no communication with fellow players, knee braces = more difficulty running.

Lots of sports use mouth guards and they communicate fine.

Lots sports use knee braces and they run fine

Football, for instance, uses both quite extensively. Quarterbacks seem to be able to yell out audibles rather effectively and I've never seen anyone have difficulty running because of a knee brace.

Honestly, we're talking about recreational leagues here, not the Olympics. Your 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 year old girl's physical health is more important than whatever marginal competitive advantage she might gain from not wearing a knee brace or using a mouth guard.


I am sure some, if not most of us, are not talking about recreational soccer. These are girls playing on select, traveling teams with paid professional coaches that train and play year round. And is some cases we are talking bout 13 yr olds that are on the U14 US Olympic Development National Team ( we know on girl that is). Those girls will not wear a knee brace as a precaution if it hampers their mobility even in the slightest amount. Headgear yes, more and more here (Texas) are starting to even without a preexisting head injury.

My daughter wears a headgear because as a keeper she sometimes has to dive at a forwards feet to make a save. A good keeper coach will teach techniques that will help them protect themselves, but you can only do so much.

No matter what you do a concussion can happen anywhere. We have a girl on our team that even after 1.5 years is still not right after passing out in church while standing and hitting the back of her head on the floor. It is truly sad what that family has gone through. She did not play for 6 months, and then only sparingly. I don't think she has made it through a full week of school yet. And this had nothing to do with sports.
 
2012-05-10 03:08:52 PM
better investigate the pedophile coach
 
2012-05-10 03:10:00 PM

meanmutton: MugzyBrown: Strategeryz0r: Head gear isn't worn in soccer because it makes heading the ball exceedingly difficult to control. Mouth guard = no communication with fellow players, knee braces = more difficulty running.

Lots of sports use mouth guards and they communicate fine.

Lots sports use knee braces and they run fine

Football, for instance, uses both quite extensively. Quarterbacks seem to be able to yell out audibles rather effectively and I've never seen anyone have difficulty running because of a knee brace.


Not the best example since a lot of NFL quarterbacks don't use mouth guards and in college they take them out to call plays. It is really hard to talk with them in and even harder for people to understand you.
 
2012-05-10 03:13:41 PM

meanmutton: Strategeryz0r: meanmutton:

Your 10 year old girl is not, and never will be, Peter Cech.

Not saying she is. Merely saying there are no rules requiring safety gear for a reason. However, there are also no rules outlawing additional safety gear. So really, it's down to the player. Most will prefer not to play with safety gear.

Kids never want to. It's a parent's job to force them to do it. In no way is it even remotely worth the marginal additional bump in performance when you're talking about potentially life altering knee and brain injuries.


If my kid wants to play with just shin guards, then he/she can play with just shin guards. That's how I played growing up and how I still play. Make them well aware of the risks, and allow them to make up their own mind. Every sport carries potentially life threatening injury risks, and the #1 cause of concussions among high school athletes wears enough padding to be 1 layer away from bullet proof armor.

Hell I gave a kid a concussion playing f'ing tennis. You going to suggest everyone wear helmets for that too?

Seriously when did America become the land of the pussy.
 
2012-05-10 03:25:00 PM
i586.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-10 03:38:24 PM
Educating coaches on concussions is priority #1 in terms of youth/high school soccer. I know there was a game I had a concussion and, after a few minutes on the sidelines, went back in. I don't remember much about the game at all, but I have been told by teammates that I was knocked cold on the ground in the middle of the field. A coach who was educated in concussions would never have allowed me to go back into the game. Having played soccer for 13 years and coached for going on 10 now, I know the majority of head injuries in soccer do not come from heading the ball. Most of them come, as mine did, from two people challenging for a header and knocking their heads together, a diving header where you get kicked, or from your head hitting the ground when you get tackled the wrong way.
 
2012-05-10 03:44:58 PM

Strategeryz0r: Hell I gave a kid a concussion playing f'ing tennis.


Impressive ITG credentials.

/lookoutwegotourselvesabadass.jpg
 
2012-05-10 03:51:11 PM

I_C_Weener: [i586.photobucket.com image 67x93]


Mesmerizing...
 
2012-05-10 03:53:39 PM

IAmRight: Strategeryz0r: Hell I gave a kid a concussion playing f'ing tennis.

Impressive ITG credentials.

/lookoutwegotourselvesabadass.jpg


I'm not saying that to be all badass, the inherent point is that you can be critically hurt playing ANYTHING. So by your rationale everyone playing any sport should be covered head to toe in padding, otherwise you might get a concussion or hurt your knee or whatever.

Not my point you're so dense you miss the meaning of what i'm saying entirely.
 
2012-05-10 03:56:24 PM
err not my fault, Apparently my typing/proof reading abilities are about as awesome as your comprehension skills.
 
2012-05-10 03:59:00 PM

Strategeryz0r: So by your rationale everyone playing any sport should be covered head to toe in padding, otherwise you might get a concussion or hurt your knee or whatever.


No, I'm saying that your reasons for people not wearing them are horsesh*t.
 
2012-05-10 03:59:25 PM

VvonderJesus: Girls soccer is so tough to watch, and that's coming from a guy who played soccer. I'd rather watch a WNBA game.


maybe so, but there's something amazing about the legs of a female soccer player that can't be ignored.
 
2012-05-10 04:04:49 PM

Strategeryz0r: meanmutton: Strategeryz0r: MugzyBrown: Strategeryz0r: Head gear isn't worn in soccer because it makes heading the ball exceedingly difficult to control. Mouth guard = no communication with fellow players, knee braces = more difficulty running.

Lots of sports use mouth guards and they communicate fine.

Lots sports use knee braces and they run fine

Try it. No, really. You think, especially at high school levels or hell even the premier league, somebody didn't think it would be a smart move to bring in more safety gear? It changed the dynamic of the game too much, and hindered player abilities. Why do you think the only guy who wears headgear at a pro level is Peter Cech? And even then he only wears it because a doctor told him he's risking permanent brain damage if he gets another head injury.

Other sports don't have the same requirements soccer does. The size of the field requires a wide range of vocal communication(between forwards, defenders, and the keeper at all distances), and the fact you only get so many substitutions each game means you need to ensure your players can run at a good pace for a long time.

Your 10 year old girl is not, and never will be, Peter Cech.

Not saying she is. Merely saying there are no rules requiring safety gear for a reason. However, there are also no rules outlawing additional safety gear. So really, it's down to the player. Most will prefer not to play with safety gear.


Go take a look at college softball sometime. Check out the varying degrees of armor them broads wear.
 
2012-05-10 04:08:56 PM

IAmRight: Strategeryz0r: So by your rationale everyone playing any sport should be covered head to toe in padding, otherwise you might get a concussion or hurt your knee or whatever.

No, I'm saying that your reasons for people not wearing them are horsesh*t.


To you, but not to those of us who actually play it. You're reason for wanting to force everyone to wear padding revolves around the potential of getting hurt. I'm saying there is no rule forcing it, but also no rule outlawing it. So if a player wants to wear padding by all means, it's just not enforced league wide. As a parent it's your choice to decide if you want your kid to wear it or not. I, personally, would not. As I grew up playing soccer with nothing but shin guards, and to this day play with nothing but shin guards(despite a laundry list of injuries). I've tried playing with a knee brace, it hindered my ability to run and became uncomfortable around the 60 minute mark. You can't speak effectively with a mouth guard in(even QBs in football take em out to make calls). Head gear hinders your ability to control headers(which the game is all about control). These are all legitimate reasons why soccer players don't wear these things. Likewise even the male soccer players refuse cups due to the fact it gets uncomfortable very quickly, and makes it difficult to run at full sprint.

Others say if Basketball players can do it so can soccer players. There's a few problems. Basketball players get more breaks than soccer players. For one Basketball is played in 4 quarters at 12 minutes each, for a grand total of 48 minutes of play. Soccer plays 3 minutes shy of a full basketball game for each HALF. With only that single half time break. So the running is more consistent over a longer period of time. Not to mention the fact that in basketball(and I could be wrong, I don't watch NBA) you can sub to your hearts content. In soccer you get 3.. for the entire game. So, basically, once you're on the field you're on the field. 90 minutes of constant motion in a lot of the gear you think should be mandatory is incredibly uncomfortable and causes you to become winded much quicker.

By your rationale, because soccer carries an inherent risk of knee injury/concussion, everyone should be required to wear an excessive amount of safety gear(excessive to the point that it does change the dynamic of the game). Well if that's the case then why aren't vollyball players wearing more padding? Why aren't gold/tennis players wearing helmets(ever been hit in the head with either of those? concussion-ville, population: you at the right speeds)? I mean it's a never ending slope, but the reality is that safety gear does not necessarily make a sport safer. Football carries the highest risk of concussion of any high school sport, yet the players are armored head to toe. Cheerleading carries a massive risk of injury, yet nobody is demanding we cover cheerleaders in safety gear.

Yet you pick on soccer? Gimme a break man. That's stupidity and you f'ing know it. Try actually playing the game in the gear you think should be mandatory, then we'll talk. Otherwise shut your uninformed mouth, and stop being a pussy.
 
2012-05-10 04:09:46 PM
holy typos again.

/is on fire with the typos!
 
2012-05-10 04:16:52 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: I_C_Weener: [i586.photobucket.com image 67x93]

Mesmerizing...


I had to shrink it a lot. And crop it. To make it fit on Fark.

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