Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry on Girls Soccer and Concussion Protocols

[Briana Scurry] There's tons of girls playing, and one out of every two girls will get a concussion playing soccer. That's a high rate— but most of those concussions are going to become—they'll be fine. Eighty-five percent of those girls that get concussions will get right back in there and play again, and be fine, not have any lingering symptoms. It's that 15% that don't heal right away. That is—that is the main concern. I think the most important thing when it comes to concussion is not to go too far on the, "Don't play the sport," or "Alter the sport." That's not the answer. The answer, I feel, is awareness and education. If we can get the parents, the coaches, to understand and see what—the symptoms that player's having, and just take the time to take the player out if they get hit. Go through a certain—steps and figure out if this player is able to go back in the game. And to not be afraid about taking a player out and sitting them for the rest of the game just to be safe, because the important thing is awareness. So most of the time, the player is going to be fine—they—get them back in there. But if you don't know what you're looking for, and you have that one person out of 10 that's having trouble, they need help. And you need to understand what's going on, and you need to understand where to go and what to do. And I think it would really be helpful if coaches and parents are both on the same page about what to look for in their child or their player, when they're having trouble out there on the field.

One out of two girls will sustain a concussion playing soccer, but most will recover and return to play with ease. Nevertheless, awareness and education are key to keeping players safe.

See more video clips with soccer great Briana Scurry.

Briana Scurry

Briana Scurry is widely thought of as one of the world’s best female soccer goalkeepers. After being named starting goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team in 1994, she helped lead the team in two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2004), a World Cup  championship (1999), and she had 173 international appearances — a record among female soccer players.

Posted on BrainLine January 22, 2014

Produced by Christian Lindstrom, Justin Rhodes, and Victoria Tilney McDonough, BrainLine.

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