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University of Colorado Denver

Experts debate the safety of heading in soccer

Parents who advise their children to use their heads in making daily decisions might retract that advice once their kids step onto the soccer field. Using one's head in soccer what's known as heading involves using one's noggin to direct an airborne ball to another player, or to punch it toward the goal in one of the most dramatic and acrobatic plays in the game. But heading can cause concussions, which is kicking up debate among physicians, soccer coaches and parents about whether it should be banned from youth soccer. Now, new research seems to be shifting most of cause of concussions to injuries resulting from player-to-player contact not heading but not all...

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