Do you really need a helmet to play soccer? School district says all student must wear headgear to prevent concussions while playing non-contact sports
10/9/2013 12:39:00 PM
A New Jersey school district is ordering all students who play soccer - and other non-contact sports - to wear helmets on the field.
The Princeton School District's new rule is causing many parents - and even some doctors - to question whether soccer is really dangerous enough to warrant mandatory headgear to protect children from concussion.
However, school administrators are moving forward with a plan to purchase $70 soft helmets for every athlete grades six through 12 who plays soccer, field hockey or girls' lacrosse.
The Times of Trenton reports that concussions and head injuries are not common among Princeton schools student athletes, but coaches and members of the school board say that doesn't alleviate their concern.
'We’re very aware that for players in all sports there’s a risk of head injuries and we’re just trying to do whatever we can to prevent them,' Princeton school board president Timothy Quinn said.
Judy Goldstein, the field hockey coach at neighboring Hamilton High School West, says some of her girls have suffered concussions in the past - but she thinks requiring helmets is overkill.