Player–player contact, not heading, is the leading cause of concussion in high school soccer

Written by Rebecca Sheehan

Soccer has increased in popularity in US high schools over the past three decades, prompting concerns regarding the link between heading the ball and concusssion. However, a retrospective analysis published online in JAMA Pediatrics recently, indicates that player–player contact, not the act of heading, is the leading mechanism of concussion in high school soccer. Although a ban on heading may have some impact on reducing rates of concussion, a ban on heading is unlikely to effectively reduce incidence rates if player–player contact is not addressed, highlighted the research team. Dawn Comstock and colleagues based at The Colorado School of Public...

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