According to a recent study, the third most dangerous sport in America as ranked by total injuries (not just concussions) is soccer with 172,470 injuries in 2012. Requiring very little in the way of safety equipment beyond shin guards to prevent bruising and cleats that look like weapons themselves, it’s not hard to see why many lose life and limb for the love of the game.
Although any a number of missteps can lead to injuries and concussions during a match, experts agree that the most dangerous activity in soccer is tackling. For years, many have tried to produce a safer soccer by reducing the frequency of tackling, to no avail. BubbleBall Inc. took the opposite approach with bubble soccer safety. Tackle more and ye shall be rewarded. Bubble soccer equipment to the rescue.
How Do We Ensure Bubble Soccer Safety?
Bubble Soccer Safety Item #1: Increased Protection
Players are not only surrounded from the knee/thigh area and up, but covered approximately 10 inches above their heads with a giant, high quality airbag. If someone’s head is ever sticking out of the bubbleball, they are either wearing the product incorrectly (often upside down, or with straps not tightened enough), or they are using a product that does not have the high safety standards of BubbleBall Inc.’s products (such as products on Chinese markets and smaller US suppliers).
Bubble Soccer Safety Item #2: Safe Material
Although not entirely impenetrable by sharp objects, the bubbleball cannot explode like a balloon upon popping. There is not enough force from human speed to cause this and the plastic material is simply too strong to render such an effect. If a tear occurs due to extreme force (which is only likely with lower quality PVC or knock off bubble soccer equipment), a slow deflation process occurs. Players experiencing this one hazard of safer soccer report being a little shaken from the strange-feeling of the hit, but no injuries have been reported to date.
Bubble Soccer Safety Item #3: Limited Range of Motion
Due to the extra 15-20 pounds of weight and size of the bubbleball, motion is much more limited when running inside. Jagged moves to cut across court/field are not possible (a common causes of sprained ankles in other sports). Additionally, the likelihood of landing on someone’s ankle or feet is reduced as a result of the increased distance between players created by the bubbleball. The speed, angle, and force of falls are also reduced which further reduces the risk of ankle injuries and continues to increase bubble soccer safety. And when players do fall over, the bubbleball is there to protect them.
Bubble Soccer Safety Item #4: Headers Are Tough!
Finally, headers, or head shots, are not possible if using bubble soccer safety standards, drastically reducing the risk of concussions and other face / head injuries prevalent in other sports.
Bubble Soccer Safety Item #5: Lower Chance of Misconduct
The reduction in ability to hear and “talk smack” while inside a bubbleball reduces the possibility for player agitation and misconduct. It maintains a healthy player attitude versus competitive one, and reduces risks of aggressive behavior to produce a safer soccer.
Bubble Soccer Safety Item #6: Insurance
A partnership with BubbleBall Inc. not only provides your organization with a wealth of expertise, top notch customer service and product quality but also with support on insurance. Contact us to learn more about how we help you with insurance coverage for all bubbleball activities. Innovate with a BubbleBall business today.