“One of the core values of our club is to place a priority on player safety whenever possible,” stated Escobio. “As a parent with three daughters playing in our club, I feel that added head protection is an important step forward in reducing the risk of concussions. Ultimately, my goal is for our club to be an example in our community and in the state of Florida for the extra measures we’re taking to reduce head trauma in the sport we all cherish. Protecting shins are one thing, but the head is everything.”
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“The push for protective headgear by the Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club echoes what we’re seeing across the country,” says Jim Caldwell, executive vice-president of Unequal. “The risk of injury to the head can be significantly reduced through the use of our protective headbands and we’d like to see more clubs getting ahead of concussion risk by being as proactive as possible.”
Medical research highlights the growing risk within the sport of soccer. In a recent study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers found that girls were 27 percent more likely to sustain a soccer injury than boys. Injury in a game versus practice was 42 percent more common and concussions accounted for 18 percent of soccer injuries. Also, it is well known that soccer is the number one sport for causing concussions among female youth athletes.
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Unequal is well on its way to becoming a standard in football, soccer and other high-impact sports. Their military-grade composites are built with TriDur, Accelleron and optional ImpacShield. This ultra-light, ultra-thin athletic gear works differently than virtually every other traditional foam and plastic of equal weight and thickness on the market by absorbing, dispersing and dissipating impact energy away from the body. It allows for greater protection without compromising mobility, so athletes can play more at their peak level.
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