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CIS Secondary Library: Y7 Science: Force and Concussions


Y7 MYP Science

Criterion D - Reflecting on the Impacts of Science

Investigating Concussions

The Effects of Force

You are a doctor interested in concussions and the role of safety gear/behavior in preventing concussions in sports. 

Read the following 2 introductory resources on concussions: 

Concussions - Gale

Concussions - Kids Health

Read the following introductory resources on safety gear and/or behavior in sports:

Brain Injury Safety Tips and Prevention

Concussion Prevention: What Works, What Doesn’t

Select one sport to investigate force, concussions, and safety behavior/gear: 

NFL football (USA)
Boxing / Martial Arts /Taekwondo / Judo
Ice Hockey 

Sources for each of the sports are listed below. Investigate all three main sources within your chosen sport. Select two best fit resources for your sport to use within this unit.

Select 1 sport

Main sources

"Concussions in Football." Gale Middle School Online Collection, Gale, 2018. Gale In Context: Middle Accessed 28 Sept. 2022.

"Concussions and Football." Gale In Context Online Collection, Gale, 2020. Gale In Context: Middle School, Accessed 28 Sept. 2022.

Football Helmet Misconceptions: Q&A

Extend your understanding - supplemental sources

Helmet Innovation: More and Better Choices, Fewer Concussions

NFL Concussion Diagnosis and Management Protocol

DeNisco, Alison. "New technology helps identify football concussions." District Administration, vol. 49, no. 10, Oct. 2013, p. 20. Gale In Context: Middle Accessed 28 Sept. 2022.

Bubar, Joe, and Carl Stoffers. "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS OUT?" New York Times Upfront, vol. 151, no. 5, 19 Nov. 2018, pp. 10+. Gale In Context: Middle Accessed 28 Sept. 2022.

"Repeated hits to head bigger football threat than concussions." UPI News Current, 1 Apr. 2016. Gale In Context: Middle School, Accessed 28 Sept. 2022.

Head to Head: The National Football League & Brain Injury

Main sources

"Soccer concussions rise, with treatment less certain." Running & FitNews, vol. 34, no. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2016. Gale In Context: Middle Accessed 28 Sept. 2022.

Barber, Hayden. Does Soccer Headgear Help or Hurt Your Chances of Preventing Concussions? That Depends. 14 May 2019. EBSCOhost,


Extend your understanding - supplemental sources

Does heading a football lead to brain damage? It's complicated

Lind, Treva. World Cup Play Offers Lessons in Properly Using One’s Head. 10 July 2019. EBSCOhost,

Caplan, Callie. The “Brain Is Something That’s Forever”: Concussions Are Major Concern in Youth Soccer. 16 Apr. 2019. EBSCOhost,

May, David. HEADS UP: Parent of Former Soccer Player Advocates for Concussion Awareness, Baseline Testing. 1 May 2019. EBSCOhost,

Bubar, Joe. "Heads up!" Scholastic News/Weekly Reader Edition 4, vol. 77, no. 5, 6 Oct. 2014, pp. 4+. Gale In Context: Middle Accessed 28 Sept. 2022.

Main sources:

Hockey Concussions Are Serious Business

Smart Hockey

'Heads Up, Don't Duck' Safety Video (USA Hockey)

Extend your understanding - supplemental sources


Keeping an eye on concussions

Ice Hockey Concussion Rules

Seppa, Nathan. "A check on youth hockey injuries: more concussions reported in leagues with body checking." Science News, vol. 178, no. 1, 3 July 2010, p. 9. Gale In Context: Middle School, Accessed 29 Sept. 2022.

Department of Player Safety

History of the goalie mask