Sports Legacy Institute calls for limiting head blows

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Sports Medicine
The CNN "The Chart" blog reported that due to "concern ... that sub-concussive damage – the menacing smaller blows that add up during practices and games –" could harm adolescent brains, "the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) Friday called for the adoption of a 'Hit Count' – similar to the 'Pitch Count' system used in baseball – for youth athletes participating in contact sports.” (more…)
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A new worry for soccer parents: Heading

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Sports Medicine
What happens inside the skull of a soccer player who repeatedly heads a soccer ball? That question motivated a provocative new study of the brains of experienced players that has prompted discussion and debate in the soccer community, and some anxiety among those of us with soccer-playing offspring. Here are the details in a report from the New York Times. It's a long article, but a MUST READ for parents of kids playing soccer: (more…)
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Soccer “headers” may increase risk of brain injury

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Sports Medicine
NBC Nightly News reported, "a new study that says frequent headers show brain injuries similar to that seen in patients with concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury" (TBI). "Those who fared worse are the players who made head contact with the soccer ball over 1,000 times a year. ... One doctor says the worry here is degeneration of brain cells and lacerating nerve fibers in the brain." (more…)
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