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Why Arsenal’s Petr Cech Wears a Helmet?

Andy Seraphin

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In 2006, Cech suffered a horrible head injury in a match vs. Reading. Just 15 seconds into the match, Cech collided with Stephen Hunt. Hunt’s knee ended up fracturing the Chelsea keeper’s skull.

Petr Cech almost died as a result of this injury. The compression fracture lodged several pieces of bone deep into Cech’s brain. The keeper had his life saved by emergency brain surgery.

Cech had a metal implant placed to provide structural stability to his skull. The medical staff warned Cech that another injury like this could be fatal, and recommended the use of a helmet to prevent future injury.

This injury led the Premier League to implement several policy changes, including a requirement for an ambulance to be on standby for all league matches.

Andy is a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Duke University. His love for the game of soccer and the desire to study sports medicine drove him to create Footy Knocks: a Instagram page dedicated to posting videos about soccer injuries. Andy will be covering injuries in the English Premier League as well as around the globe. He is a supporter of FC Barcelona, Arsenal FC, and the New York Red Bulls.

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Video: Lionel Messi Injury-Dr. Parekh

Selene Parekh, M.D.

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Columbia’s James Rodriguez exits with injury

Selene Parekh, M.D.

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James Rodriguez departed Colombia’s World Cup game against Senegal through injury. It appears to be a re-aggravation of his calf injury.  He may be able to return, but between fatigue and dehydration, don’t expect him to be his usual self.

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Russian midfielder Alan Dzagoev exits with hamstring injury

Selene Parekh, M.D.

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Russian Midfielder Alan Dzagoev was subbed out with an apparent hamstring injury in Thursday’s match with Saudi Arabia. 2-6 weeks RTP depending severity. Watch below our 3D animation to learn more about hamstring strains:

Hamstring Strains

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