Heads up: New rules ban young soccer players from heading the ball

China forward Yang Li and U.S. midfielder Morgan Brian vie for a head ball. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP) Listen here: "Once I was going up for a header and I got hit in the back of the head and then the other one, I fell backwards and landed on the back of my head," Pellegrino said. New guidelines released earlier this month from the U.S. Soccer Federation aim to curb concussions in the sport by banning headers for players age 10 and under and limiting them in practice for players aged 11 to 13. They also change the substitution rule, so that players leaving the field because of

Dr. Moser Comments on New Guidelines for Youth Soccer for NJTV

​ Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Director, Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey said “it’s a great step forward in terms of educating people.” Doctor Rosemarie Scolaro Moser is a leading expert on youth sports concussions. She believes part of the problem is that kids start competitive sports younger and they’re playing year round. “Every time you have an athletic exposure you increase your probability of having a concussion. So by the time the student is in high school they may have had a number of concussions.” As the Director of the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey and a member of the CDCP’s panel for pediatric mild traumatic brain injury, Moser thinks the U.S. Soccer Federation got thi

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