Some soccer headgear has the means to cool your head while protecting it. Different brands have different names for their own cooling technologies. Most often they use lightweight nylon materials that stay cooler than traditional cotton.
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A great pair of headgear will allow players to run effortlessly on the field and make any movements unimpeded, while preventing head injuries at the same time. Luckily there are some great options on the market. After careful analysis, we’ve come up with our top soccer protective headgear.
The Head Guard is designed to reduce the risks of cuts and impact to head during participation in soccer, but cannot and does not prevent all risk of head injuries. Participation in soccer and other sports exposes the participant to the risk of injuries, and participation in such sports implies acceptance of such risk.
For soccer headgear, VT recommends the Unequal Halo 3 as a 4-star headgear and the lightest in the recommended category. Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings / Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics. This headgear comes in two sizes (1 and 2), with the former being a tight fit for heads less than 20.5 inches in circumference.
Soccer Headgear Ratings. A total of 29 soccer headgear that have been evaluated using the STAR evaluation system are included in the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings. Our impact tests evaluate a headgear's ability to reduce linear and rotational acceleration of the head resulting from head-to-head impacts a soccer player might experience on the field. Headgear with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk compared to headgear with less stars.
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The adoption of headgear in the soccer world was laced with controversy. There was skepticism from the United States Soccer Federation that soccer headgear had no scientific backing was just being marketed to parents who were fearful of brain injuries. Researchers themselves were divided on the true cause of brain injuries in soccer. Some studies claimed that heading the ball could lead to concussions and long-term brain impairment, but others suggested the opposite.