Tell Us: Should Soccer Players Wear Protective Headgear?
A new Massachusetts law may allow youth and high school soccer players to wear protective padded headbands during games.
If you're a fan of professional football, you've probably noticed an increased concern regarding concussions and the longterm affects they can have on athletes.
And while the recent campaign to prevent concussions may be most visible during a New England Patriots game, the push to prevent concussions among youth soccer players is creating a buzz among sports organizations across the Commonwealth.
In the coming weeks, state lawmakers will vote on a bill, being forwarded by the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, that would allow youth and high school soccer players to wear protective headbands during games.
The light-weight padded headbands are meant to protect the top of a player's head from high-speed impacts and wearing them wouldn't be made mandatory if the bill is passed.
Opponents to similar bills have argued that the headbands haven't been proven to prevent concussions and fear that they may give players who choose to wear them an unfair advantage.
So, before it comes to a vote, we want to know: where do you stand on the issue?
Would you welcome protective headgear to local soccer fields if it meant fewer concussions? Or do you think soccer players should stick to shin-guards and mouth-guards?
Let us know in the comments section below.