Damage Is Done for Pro Soccer Player, who Retires Because of Concussions

LA Galaxy forward Adam Cristman announced this week that he has retired from professional soccer after a 6-year MLS career because of multiple concussions.

Cristman, 27, went on the Disabled List on May 25 because of a concussion. He also suffered a concussion earlier in the year during a preseason game.

“The concussions I have suffered this year have forced me to retire,” Cristman said.

The connection between concussions and soccer is hardly new.

In fact, U.S. Youth Soccer and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced earlier this year a plan to protect young soccer players, who may be at risk of concussion. The campaign, is an expansion of the “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports,” and will help get concussion information into the hands of coaches, parents, and school and health care professionals, who can help identify and respond appropriately to concussions among young athletes.

“Education is a core element to the goals of U.S. Youth Soccer and furthering the awareness and steps to minimize potential serious injuries to our youth athletes is paramount,” said John Sutter, president of U.S. Youth Soccer. “Concussions are serious and materials that are now available will get the right information about how to identify and manage a concussion directly into the hands of the people that need it the most — our youth sports coaches, parents and the athletes themselves.”

The CDC has made the education materials available at cdc.gov/Concussion and cdc.gov/ConcussionInYouthSports.

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