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Banning heading in soccer would have limited effect on concussions, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 16 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3789
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Banning heading the ball in soccer would have limited effectiveness in preventing concussion injuries, as most are caused by player to player contact, researchers have found.

The retrospective analysis, published in JAMA Pediatrics, was based on data from a nationally representative sample of high schools in the United States from 2005 to 2014.1 Soccer has increased in popularity in the United States over the past three decades and is played widely by both boys and girls at …

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