Concussion and cognitive damage
In the past decades, football has earned the most headlines when it comes to concern over head injuries. However, other sports common in high school and college have similar profiles for injury.
For example, soccer has a similar risk as football with many players at the college level sustaining a concussion during the season.
Evidence is growing that supports several theories showing variables that create a higher risk for long term impacts of concussion.
If injury occurs in a younger, growing brain, risk is elevated across the lifespan for sequelae such as headaches, mood disorders, issues with concentration and risk for additional injury to the brain.
Also, the commonsense notion that multiple mild injuries to the brain create a cumulatively profound symptomology.
The lack of recovery time between injuries also compounds damage, with year-round sports contributing to greater harm. Cognitive capacity is lessened by each additional injury.4