Princeton (N.J.) schools require headgear for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

When sixth-graders in the Princeton school district head out onto the playing fields for team soccer, lacrosse and field hockey this autumn, their standard equipment will include for the first time protective headgear that school officials hope will reduce the incidence of concussive injuries.

It’s a requirement that school officials hope to introduce in successively higher grades as the years go by, until students in sixth through 12th grades are all wearing headgear during those sports.

It will make Princeton Regional the first in the state to introduce such a requirement, and the step has aroused criticism and praise alike, while sparking fears in districts that cannot afford such protection that Princeton athletes will have an unfair advantage and play may become more aggressive.

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