The potential dangers of heading soccer balls have received widespread media attention over recent years, and a number of investigations to establish the potential for injury are currently ongoing. One conclusion established is that soccer ball design and construction can have a significant effect on ball impact characteristics.
ICON Balls are constructed in a state of the art manufacturing facility, where the world’s best thermally-bonding technologies are constructing the world’s most perfect ball. While soccer concussions will never be completely eliminated, with a focus on prevention and playing with ICON soccer balls, they could happen less frequently. Our scientifically developed soccer balls will help reduce the number of potential head injuries significantly. ICON’s construction, manufacturing technologies, high quality materials, which prevents the ball from absorbing water or expanding (which would make it heavier or more rotund), can reduce the impact severity to the head and neck, and these benefits can be extended to players of all ages and skill levels. Only a small percentage of soccer concussions are caused by contact with the ball, but some of these injuries can be avoided or reduced by playing with ICON soccer balls.
ICON teams up with Vision Doctors to provide concussion awareness and educate the community how ICON’s scientifically developed soccer balls help reduce the number of potential head injuries. Northampton, Massachusetts Vision Specialists Doctors work with patients who have suffered sports-related concussions, and offer vision rehabilitation emphasizing maximum recovery and the prevention of future injuries.
Theresa J Ruggiero OD, FCOVD
Dr. Ruggiero is the founder of Northampton Vision Specialists. She completed her training at the State University of New York College of Optometry in 1987 and has been in private practice ever since, providing comprehensive vision care for all ages. Practice at the Northampton Vision Specialists is based on the neurodevelopmental model of vision, which is founded on the belief that vision is a complex brain process that goes way beyond “eyesight.” Seventy percent of every person’s sensory input is visual. Vision is an input-output system: we take in information about our environment then use it to plan all of our actions and interactions. Treatment, therefore, should not be limited to attaining 20/20 visual acuity. It should address all of the ways in which vision impacts our lives.
Elizabeth B. Hannigan OD, FCOVD
Dr. Elizabeth Hannigan grew up in rural upstate New York skiing and playing league soccer. She was on the varsity soccer, basketball and softball teams in high school. Dr. Hannigan attended the New England College of Optometry in Boston. She has been a doctor of optometry at Northampton Vision Specialists since completion of her training in 2011, and enjoys the hiking, biking, and kayaking that the area has to offer.
Dr. Hannigan is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and a member of the International Sports Vision Association. In 2016 Dr. Hannigan had the pleasure of working with two players from the Springfield Falcons Hockey team for concussion rehabilitation, getting them back on the ice and playing even better than they did pre-concussion. Dr. Hannigan enjoys working with a variety of patients of all ages to enhance and rehabilitate their visual system and their lives.
Naomi G. Clay OD
Dr. Naomi Clay earned her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2016. Upon graduation, she completed a one-year residency at Merrimack Vision Care in Manchester, N.H., where she worked in primary care, pediatrics, vision therapy, and neuro-rehabilitation. Dr. Clay has participated in sports vision evaluations, including the MLB East Coast Pro Showcase for high school athletics in Tampa, FL. Dr. Clay has a strong passion for helping people of all ages to optimize their visual system in order to comfortably achieve their goals whether it be for athletics, academics, or activities of daily living.