Should soccer move be banned for kids and teens?

(ABC News)– The thrill of victory for the U.S. women’s team- an inspiring moment for the country, and likely a moment of inspiration for children and teens interested in kicking, sliding, and heading their way to their own sports dreams.

But with soccer’s growing popularity has come growing concern among doctors and parents. Concern over concussions and one move in particular, using the head to hit that ball has garnered attention.

But should this move be banned from the game for kids and teens?

In a study released today, researchers at the University of Colorado tackled this questions, looking over nine years of data on nearly three million instances of kids participating in a practice or a game.

They found barely more than a thousand concussions total.  Most of these from contact between players.  And fewer than one in three related to heading.

So while it may be important for kids to learn to play it safe, this study suggests parents need not be overly concerned.

What is important for parents and coaches is to know the signs of concussion when it does it happen.

And be ready to head to proper medical care when it happens. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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