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    Soccer injuries and headgear

    Dear Editor,

    Anyone who is in doubt about the need for protective headgear should request a computer print-out of hospital admitted (or treated) cases from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety division. With less than 10% of soccer head injuries being reported, the long, detailed list of injuries would shock even those who are against soccer headgear. These figures leave very little room for any one to deny the need...

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    Meeting sports safety research challenges

    Dear Editor

    I am grateful to Caroline Finch for responding[1] to my letter suggesting research on soccer headgear.[2] Because there has been little research on risk factors for sports injury,[3] Finch is correct that headgear use in soccer is only one opportunity for sport safety research. However, certain factors make soccer headgear an especially attractive topic. The population at risk of soccer inj...

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    Sports safety research is not without its challenges

    Dear Editor

    Whilst I agree with Nordstrom[1] about the clear research opportunities in relation to headgear effectiveness for soccer players, I would like to make a few comments.

    Firstly, the issues raised are not just restricted to headgear use in soccer – they apply equally well to many other sports, particularly other football codes – and nor do they only apply to headgear use. Much of sports safet...

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