Life as Soccer Mom: the protective gear

Filed under: Activities: Babies, Health & Safety: Babies

Soccer is one of the only full contact sports that does not require any sort of head protection. In a world where nearly every sort of activity involves head covering of one type or another, I find this rather surprising. My children have helmets for everything from bike riding to snowboarding to skate boarding. But for soccer? Nothing.

A new trend that is appearing on soccer fields across the country are head guards. These offer protection to heading balls, misplaced elbows and diggers in the grass. Some players balk at the lack of "cool factor" the padded head bands present, but in relation to a visit to the emergency room and a concussion? I think they are well worth it. I hope they become as common place as bike and skateboard helmets.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.