What They're Saying: Orthopaedic scientist Tim McGuine

“Through this research, I just want to know if I can look at a mom, a dad or their kid and say that this headgear reduces risk of having a concussion."

-- Tim McGuine, senior scientist in the orthopedics and rehabilitation department at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, on a $300,000 study that will enlist players at 88 Wisconsin high schools to wear headgear in an attempt to know how well, if at all, it prevents concussions. Headgear is not recommended in U.S. Soccer's concussion prevention campaign. (Fond du Lac Reporter)
4 comments about "What They're Saying: Orthopaedic scientist Tim McGuine".
  1. Ginger Peeler, April 8, 2016 at 11:05 a.m.

    Instead of reinventing the wheel to study helmets/concussions in soccer, why aren't they dovetailing one of the many studies at all levels of football? We know that football players all wear helmets, which have been redesigned over the years to protect the brain case. Most of the concussions in soccer come from head to head or head to hard ground contact, not head to ball. Most of the concussions in football come from helmet to helmet or helmet to ground contact. Tell me again, why are we putting our young soccer players in helmets?

  2. Ginger Peeler, April 8, 2016 at 11:06 a.m.

    Okay, headgear...not necessarily helmets.

  3. uffe gustafsson, April 8, 2016 at 7:35 p.m.

    Um, does it matter how you get a blow to the head? I mean a blow to your head is a blow to your head, ground, head to head or taking a golie punt to your head.
    Don't understand the resistant to protection of our youth players. At worst it might not make a big differents but it could also mean that it takes some of the force off blow. I welcome this study, maybe they come up with ideas of making head gears better. I seen to many concussions in the last cpl of years that make me worried.
    Players out for several month and not able to go to school because of constant head aches.
    Of course it's not a panacea for all concussions but maybe we can prevent some or lessence the severity. And I don't buy the explanation of players get more aggressive because they wear head gear.
    Any player that been out for a lengt of time with concossion will be more aggressive, they don't want to go thru something like that again.
    I think comfort is the word they feel with using head gear is the proper word.

  4. Ginger Peeler, April 9, 2016 at 10:29 a.m.

    My point was not to deny head protection to our players. One has only to look to Taylor Twellman to see how concussions can end a promising career on the field forever. My point was that US football has been working with helmets (no doubt providing more protection than the leather headgear that I've seen soccer keepers wearing) for years, and, unfortunately, the football players STILL suffer concussions caused by the same type of contact that causes in concussions in soccer. So, instead of reinventing the wheel and ignoring the extensive studies already performed by American football, I suggested we (the soccer world) dovetail a study with one of the ongoing studies already underway by US football. Perhaps my term "dovetail" was confusing? Let's try "piggyback" to show we intend to tie into an existing study that would provide us with loads of established data already accrued. The point is to work with state of the art studies that are in the works right now and, therefore, benefit from the relevant information that has already been collected.

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