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SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . . . Championship Women Players Campaign Against Heading by Children

Championship Women Players Campaign Against Heading by Children

 

Heading is the leading cause of concussions in soccer. Players from the USA women’s soccer team that won the 1999 World Cup are speaking out to make heading illegal by children under 14. newsboy-thAn increase in the allowable age won’t eliminate the problem (brain injury can still occur after age 14), but it will significantly reduce brain injuries. A child’s brain is especially at risk because it is still developing. The women players are trying to bring awareness of the seriousness of “seeing stars” after heading the ball. Cindy Parlow Cone, who suffers headaches and fatigue possibly from her many headers, says, “I didn’t know that (about the dangers of heading) growing up. No one really did. The knowledge just wasn’t out there back then. But now there’s no excuse. We need to do better for our kids.” (Full story)

 

 

 

 

SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . . . . Former Teenage Football Player Responsible for Youth Concussion Law

Former Teenage Football Player Responsible for Youth Concussion Law

This 6-minute video tells the story of Zack Lystedt, who was known for his skill on the football field.newsboy-th At age 13, he made a tackle that resulted in his getting a concussion, but, as was common, he returned to the game. After the game, Zack collapsed and went into a coma. His TBI nearly killed him. With hard work and therapy, Zack was eventually able to graduate high school. NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, took notice of Zack’s story and his effort to get a law passed in Washington State that would protect young athletes. With Goodell’s support, over 30 states have now passed a pediatric concussion law. (Video and story)

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