Sewickley Area Soccer offers concussion headbands

Sunday, July 7, 2019 | 6:00 AM


The Sewickley area is home to a high school soccer program that has posted more state championship titles in boys soccer than any other high school in the state. The enthusiasm for the sport starts at a young age.

Sewickley Area Soccer (SAS) is in its 44th year as a nonprofit organization dedicated to instructing the community’s youth in the sport.

With the rise in documented concussions, this spring season, SAS offered its more than 300 registrants the opportunity to purchase Halo concussion headbands at discounted prices.

Noah Rahm, SAS president, said in a news release, “We would like to increase concussion-prevention awareness and to make head protection as important as shin protection in our sport.”

SAS offered Unequal Technologies “Halo 3” headgear. The equipment has patented, military-grade technology layered inside that reduces the risk of concussions by absorbing and dispersing impact force differently than other products.

While the U.S. Soccer Federation has not officially ruled on protective headgear for players, SAS, like many other local soccer organizations, wants to stay ahead of the curve by encouraging the use of the Halo for its players.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “an estimated 1.1 million to 1.9 million U.S. children and teens are treated for a recreational or sport-related concussion each year,” with boys’ tackle football and girls’ soccer reporting the most incidents.

Sewickley Area Soccer will again offer two summer camps, and fall registration is open. Those interested in more information can visit QVRA.org.