Concussions Up in Youth Soccer, according to researchers

Team USA’s big win in the Women's World Cup Championship has brought more attention to the sport and more girls to the field, but playing soccer comes with some risk.
A recent study in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" shows that concussions in young soccer players are becoming more common.

“Bigger girls than you coming in sideways hitting your head might not be your fault, but if you get hit from the back it's not good for you or her,” said Maddie Kiebel, an athlete and junior coach at UNCC. 

According to the recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics, more than 60% of concussions in girls soccer comes from that kind of contact.
Kiebel says she has seen it firsthand. 

“My sister actually had to retire after six concussions from soccer so it's definitely a big deal,” said Kiebel.

Dr. David price with Carolinas Healthcare says he has also seen the increase in concussions walking into his office. 

He says parents ask, “why is he taking so long to respond or why are they sleeping more? Complaining of headaches, light hurts in their eyes. They're more moody. Then the trickle into my office about a week later when someone's put that altogether,” said Dr. David Price. 

He says even when these injuries happen when players are young they stay with them for the rest of their lives. That's one big reason why he's advocating for change.

“We really shouldn't be heading the ball and tell your neck development is enough to support your head when you go up and you have the coordination to do that. There has been calls that at age 14 below let's not do heading,” said Dr. Price. 

It’s a controversial call that will likely come to a head as concussions in soccer continue to become more and more common.

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