01/08/2016 2:17 PM
YOUTH SOCCER SAFETY: A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
PrimeTime Sports and Gamebreaker stride toward making soccer a safer sport
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ADDISON, TX — There is no getting around it: Injuries in youth sports are on the rise. The amount of head and face injuries sustained by athletes has grown steadily over the past decade.
One solution to the problem is to change the very rules of the game that make soccer unique — to ban headers for athletes under a certain age. Headers, though, only make up a small portion of head-related injuries, according to a recent nine-year study by the University of Colorado. Another solution that preserves the integrity of the game is the use of soft-shell helmets.
Nationally ranked Solar Chelsea Soccer Club will take part in a friendly match demonstrating the benefits of Gamebreaker helmets in youth soccer at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 2016 at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas.
“A friendly match between two high-profile girls club teams is a great way for us to first and foremost spotlight safety,” said Gamebreaker president Mike Juels. “We believe that our soft-shell helmets, which protect the entire head, are the best way to solve more of the problems causing head injuries in the women’s soccer game today.”
U-14 Solar Chelsea ECNL girls club and U-14 Solar Chelsea Red girls club will face off in a full-throttle match, with each player sporting a Gamebreaker helmet. Both squads are ranked in the Top 50 nationally for the Under-14 Division.
“Considering all of the injuries that can be sustained playing soccer, head injuries are at the top of the list of concerns for operators and participants,” said PrimeTime COO Brandon Hollmann. “We’re excited to see where this takes PrimeTime Sports, and how we can improve safety across Texas and the U.S.”
ABOUT PRIMETIME SPORTS
With over 150 events yearly, PrimeTime Sports is the premier provider of youth sports in North Texas and beyond. Based in Flower Mound, PrimeTime is at the forefront of organizing and managing events for three different sports — basketball, soccer and 7on7 football — across 20 different states.
Protect the Athletes. Protect the Game. For over 15 years Gamebreaker has been in the business of making sporting events safer for athletes of all ages. With soft-shell, protective head gear designed for multiple sports in a multitude of colors & sizes, Gamebreaker is ready to take your team to the next level.
PrimeTime Sports Digital Editor