Outlawing “heading the ball” during soccer games may reduce the rate of concussions, but eliminating player-on-player contact would help more, suggests a new study. The findings challenge recent calls to ban “heading,” which is when players hit soccer balls with their heads.
Heading was the most common soccer-related play associated with concussions, compared to other plays like passing or defending the ball. Heading accounted for about 31 percent of concussions among boys and about a quarter of concussions among girls.
But about 78 percent and about 62 percent of heading-relate concussions among boys and girls, respectively, were due to contact with another player.
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