head injuries

Filippo Lombardi

Two Italians charged over assault on Liverpool fan

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London (AFP) – Two Italian men were remanded in custody on Thursday in connection with an assault on a Liverpool fan before the Champions League tie against Roma as the club sought assurances over the safety of supporters for the return leg.

Filippo Lombardi, 20, and Daniele Sciusco, 29, appeared at a magistrates court in Merseyside charged with violent disorder after Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final at Anfield, which the home team won 5-2.

Two Italians charged over assault on Liverpool fan

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London (AFP) – Two Italian men were remanded in custody on Thursday in connection with an assault on a Liverpool fan before the Champions League tie against Roma as the club sought assurances over the safety of supporters for the return leg.

Filippo Lombardi, 20, and Daniele Sciusco, 29, appeared at a magistrates court in Merseyside charged with violent disorder after Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final at Anfield, which the home team won 5-2.

English Premier League

Mason, Cahill clash highlights head risks in sport

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London (AFP) Ryan Mason's clash of heads with Chelsea's Gary Cahill has again set alarm bells ringing over the risk of head injuries across a number of high profile sports.

The 25-year-old Hull City midfielder remained "stable condition" in hospital after the brutal impact with Cahill, 14 minutes into Sunday's Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, left him with a fractured skull.

New EPL Rules Help Doctors Recognize Concussions Among Players

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A new rule was introduced by the Premier League to help protect players from concussions caused by head injuries. Starting with the 2014-2015 season, a doctor in the tunnel (separate from the doctors on either team) will determine a player's ability to rejoin the game after an injury instead of the club's managers.

Robin van Persie: 100 Not Out (Yet?)

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Image: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh.

Last Saturday, Robin van Persie scored two of his club's three goals vs. Bolton to take his tally for Arsenal FC to one hundred. Congratualtions on an awesome effort, RvP.

We feel that this, coupled with the life skills a player can gain while playing for Arsenal - laughing at small children with head injuries, how to cope when threatened with with bad poetry and papping for the enemy should eliminate any doubt as to whether you should sign up for another five years.

Arsenal 3 – 0 Ipswich Town: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

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Positive team selection. Aggressive, hungry performance. Big result.

When I saw RvP in the starting line-up I knew Arsenal are going for it no holds barred. Arsene only made 3 changes to the side that dismantled Wigan a few days earlier. The two wide attacking players Nasri and Walcott were rested.

Andy Caroll’s Range Rover Burnt Outside Team mates House

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Newcastle United's 21 year old striker Andy Caroll had his Chrome plated Range Rover significantly burnt outside team mate Kevin Nolan's house in a recent arson attack just days before he faced charges for assaulting his former girlfriend.

Now, the story gets very confusing as the motive for the attack is not known.

Major League Soccer

Monday Freedom Kicks: Crew Cut

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Recaps, head injuries, TCHUB for awhile and David Letterman with a Tom Hanks guest appearance.

I don't know why Major League Soccer wants to suddenly not list the team with games in hand as first in the Supporters' Shield but oh well. Also, congrats to Kathryn Nesbitt on working her first game with PRO.

So Long Taylor Twellman: The Retirement of a New England Star

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The 2010 season did not bring many good things for the New England Revolution. With the combination of the squad's dismal 6th place finish in the Eastern Conference (and a horrendous away record), Shalrie Joseph's off field troubles, and a patch-work starting eleven of too many unproven players, fans are quite understandably looking to put the blinders on and focus on the upcoming season, especially with the 2011 SuperDraft having just passed and the Marco Materazzi rumor mill still churning.

The Effects Of A Concussion….Story

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Twellman having an impact beyond the field...

The Taylor Twellman Interview: Part I, Part II

With permission from Eastside FC in Washington State, it was great to see this post on their blog and a credit again to Taylor Twellman for sharing his story so that others can be motivated to be preventative.


Prone Player Booted In Head Twice As Argentinian Match Descends Into Brutal Brawl (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which Argentinian fifth tier (Liga Ceresina) match between Atletico Libertad de Villa Trinidad and Deportivo Ferro de San Cristobal descends into a brutal brawl after Atletico took a 3-2 lead a spiralling dust-up that saw a prone player booted across the face twice in quick succession (1:30 mark) and the match referee taken to hospital with head injuries.

Zenit Ultras Storm St Petersburg Hotel To Attack Hajduk Split Fans (Video)

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By Ollie Irish

A colleague of mine who is an expert in Russian football predicted that Zenit v Hajduk would kick off, and he was absolutely right. Neither club has angels for fans, apparently.

According to reports, about 50 Zenit ultras stormed a St Petersburg hotel on Wednesday night to attack Hajduk Split fans before Thursday's Europa League match between the two clubs (Zenit won 2-0).


Taylor Twellman Says Shutting Terry Boss Down For Year "Absolutely, Without Doubt The Right Move"

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If there is one voice in American soccer concerning concussions, it is Taylor Twellman. It is a voice that he understands grates on players and fans at times, but one that he will not stop using. He is currently moving from his personal Twitter and media crusade to raise awareness to the creation of a clearinghouse website for concussion related information, data and resources at ThinkTaylor.

Combat concussions with computerized evaluations

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Are you an athlete, coach, teacher or school administrator at a middle or high school? If so, here's a great opportunity we heard about to apply for some state-of-the-art concussion software which can help combat concussions.

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Broken Face, Now Only A Yellow

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Fair warning: this is a rather unsettling video which begs the question of "gruesome leg breaks or frightening head injuries?"

I suppose the answer can be neither.

The Belgian playoff between Standard and Racing Genk was supposed to culminate for a trophy; for Mehdi Carcela, it culminated with Chris Mavinga's boot in his head, a broken face and a thudding concussion.

Tales From the Coaching Front Lines

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I know I promised an article on ankle sprains and it is on the way, but I wanted to share some first-hand experiences relating to sports medicine that I have encountered in the last month or so while coaching my U18G team in Midwest Regional League (MRL). One experience is especially interesting after writing about concussions early this year that you can read here.

Taylor Twellman Chatting Online About Head Injuries At 1 PM

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Taylor Twellman Chatting Online About Head Injuries At 1 PM

"Former New England Revolution star Taylor Twellman doesn't want any player to suffer what he did: a concussion that left lasting damage and sidelined him for good."

Concussion Symptoms Can Vary Between Males and Females

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A recent survey of high school sports reported that concussions accounted for around 9% of all injuries. Concussion rates are generally highest in contact sports such as American football. Despite soccer being considered a non-contact sport, head injuries are also fairly common. It is estimated that 6-7% of all US high school players suffer a concussion every year.

Twellman to Retire

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Taylor Twellman has a press conference scheduled for tomorrow. It doesn't require much imagination to guess what he might announce. In fact, Steve Goff is reporting that he has confirmed what has seemed inevitable for much of the last year; Twellman will retire, his brilliant career unfairly cut short by head injuries.

MLS 2010 Preview: New England Revolution

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Steve Nicol is staring at what could be his most difficult season yet.

Matt Reis and Taylor Twellman are both sitting on the shelf with injuries, and neither have looked any closer to getting back on. Reis underwent surgery during the offseason and is currently on the mend, while Twellman remains on the sidelines with concussion problems.

Euro 2012

Cardiff Pay Tribute to Murdered Welsh Fan

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Cardiff City have payed tribute to the Welsh fan who was murdered before England's 1-0 win against Wales in last nights Group G Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley.

The Welsh fan named as Mike Dye (44) was a life-long Bluebirds fan and was found at 7.20pm outside the Wembley turnstiles with head injuries.

The Vapid, Pointless Stupidity Of It All – Six Men Held In Custody After Wales Fan Beaten To Death Outside Wembley

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By Chris Wright

The Met have confirmed that six men are being held in police custody today after a 44-year old Wales fan died in hospital after being attacked outside Wembley following England's 1-0 win last night.

The Police have also identified that the six men being held are all Wales supporters and that the victim, a Cardiff fan domestically, was assaulted due to his club loyalties while, presumably, all seven men were sporting the red of the land of their fathers.


Emphasis on protecting players from head injuries

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The treatment of head injuries have become a major focus of emphasis for coaches and referees at the collegiate and high school levels for soccer.

Here is a link to a great article outlining how concussions suffered in the National Football League (NFL) has affected the emphasis and focus on identification and treatment in soccer.

Of contact sports and professional cowards

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There just isn't enough of this in soccer for some people's liking.

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Talking about head injuries and other trauma from athletics is de rigueur in the sporty places of our media world after a weekend full of huge hits in the NFL, some that were merely controversial and some that were pretty dire.


NEWS: Man remanded over Shoebury baby death

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A man from Southend has been remanded in custody, accused of murdering an eight-week-old baby from Shoeburyness.

Thomas Smith, who's 24 and from Fernbrook Avenue, appeared before magistrates in the south Essex town, accused of killing baby Chantelle Pilkington.

He is believed to be Chantelle's father.

BREAKING NEWS: Southend student taken to hospital

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A student from Southend's South Essex College has been taken to hospital following an incident outside the Luker Road campus at lunchtime (Monday).

It's thought the man received head injuries after becoming involved in an altercation.

According to the Echo, one passer-by reported seeing what he thought was blood pouring from the man's ear.

The Rest

U.S. Soccer unveils policy to remove heading from youth teams

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Heading is set to be a thing of the past in U.S. youth teams across the country.

U.S. Soccer introduced safety initiatives to address head injury concerns on Monday, and one policy will see strict limits set on youth players heading the ball during games and practice, according to The New York Times.

Professional Referee Organization issues statement about head injuries, Jair Marrufo not scheduled for matches

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Today, the Professional Referee Organization, the body which oversees referees for MLS, NASL, USL Pro, NWSL, and the US Open Cup, published a statement on head injuries. The statement reads, in part:

all match officials have been reminded that one of their prime duties is the safety of all participants in the sport and if any of the match officials suspect a head injury has occurred, the game should be immediately stopped and the athletic trainer allowed on to the field to assess the situation.

MLS First Kick 2013 Countdown: 21 days - Daniel Woolard may be the key to D.C. United's defense in 2013

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I think very few people would disagree with the statement that D.C. United were hard hit by injuries through 2012. In addition to shorter-term injuries to Chris Pontius, Nick DeLeon and Emiliano Dudar, there was obviously the big injury to Dwayne De Rosario, which forced a major tactical shift in Ben Olsen's side.

The Irony of Junior Seau's Death, Jonathan Vilma's Suspension

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They played the same position in the NFL, acting as the captain of the defense, counted on to read the offense and make the play. They were the ferocious ones, tackling from sideline to sideline, middle linebackers.

Jonathan Vilma is suspended from the League for one year for his part in the New Orleans Saints Bounty scandal.

Altidore avoided major injuries in nasty fall

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Jozy Altidore has a bruised back for his trouble, but the U.S. men's national team striker is not expected to miss much time after being given the all-clear following the nasty crash into a video board during a match on Wednesday.

Altidore left AZ Alkmaar's match against NEC Breda after being pushed into a hard surface near the edge of the playing field.

Darren Pratley (for Tottenham Hotspur) v Bolton Wanderers, 17 March 2012

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The football world continues to hold its breath for the well being of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba who collapsed during the first half of his team's FA Cup quarter final against Spurs on Saturday.

The medical staff on hand have been credited with saving the life of the 23 year old.

Noticias : It’s A Barcelona-Bilbao Copa del Rey Final, Zambia’s CAF Final Date With “Destiny”

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Buenas! The realists and statisticians among you won't be surprised that Barcelona defeated the very loveable Valencia 2-0 last night. But as it seems, Madrid are frontrunners to win the La Liga, so el Blaugranas will be hoping to take home their 26th Spanish Cup title title.

New Minnesota Conussion Law Signed by Governor Dayton

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a new bill into law on June 8, 2011 that now requires all coaches to sideline athletes who show signs of a concussion. Those athletes cannot return to the field until they get clearance by a state licensed MEDICAL health care provider.

Taylor back from injury for Estoril

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Tony Taylor has recovered from head injuries and is in line for a return to action in Portugal's Lide de Honra.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and football

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Since Maracanazo is about all aspects of football, I invited a guest author who contacted me to write about the specific injury known as TBI that can come about when playing football.

Chelsea Travers is an outreach representative of CareMeridian Las Vegas Nursing Home, a subacute and skilled nursing/rehabilitation facility located throughout the Western United States for patients suffering from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or medical complexities such as neuromuscular or congenital anomalies.

Head Injury Risk and Artificial Turf

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Head injuries are far too common in both professional and youth soccer. While most concussions occur by the head striking another object (e.g. head to head) about 10% are due to the head hitting the ground. Some have suggested that the "hardness" of artificial turf increases the risk of this type of injury by increasing the impact between the head and ground.

Great Moments in US Soccer Hair #6: Brian McBride

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Ah, the mid-90s...such a carefree time. MLS was in its infancy, we had a president that could play saxophone while wearing sunglasses, neo-hippies were pushing their way onto the nation's airwaves, and a young Brian McBride was scoring goals for the Columbus Crew.

Whether you call it "the curtain," "the gin blossom," or whatever else, Brian McBride's bob showed the world that he was a carefree dude (but maybe just a little edgy.