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Letter: Soccer players ought to be wearing helmets

Soccer players ought to be wearing helmets

Recently I watched my grandchildren playing soccer games. I was glad to see them enjoying physical activity and they were well-coached. But I am seriously concerned about the lack of safety.

Why aren’t the players required to wear helmets and knee guards? And why aren’t hard surfaces (goal frames and indoor walls) covered with soft padding?

As I watched several games, one child banged his head against the wooden surface of the goal frame. Another was hit in the face by a high-flying soccer ball. And another, while running fast, fell to the ground with a big impact. Fortunately none of these incidents resulted in serious injury.

It seems that this is a game where a horrible accident is waiting to happen. A few basic safety measures are sorely needed to make this popular game safe for all players.

Andrew F. Tomasulo

Tonawanda