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BIAA Commends U.S. Soccer’s Efforts to Reduce Youth Concussions

11-Nov-2015

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is commending the decision by U.S. Soccer to eliminate heading for players under the age of 10, and to limit heading for players ages 11-13 to practice only.

“Because their brains are still developing, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of brain injury,” said BIAA’s National Medical Director Brent Masel, M.D. “BIAA is more than pleased that organized soccer has taken some serious steps to lessen the risk of concussion in children.”

The rule has already taken effect for programs that participate in U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Teams and it’s Developmental Academy. U.S. Soccer expressed the hope that other programs will follow their lead, saying in a statement that their recommendations “are based on the advice of the U.S. Soccer medical committee, and therefore U.S. Soccer strongly urges that they be followed."


 
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