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Concussions in Middle School Girls Playing Soccer

Many continue to play through symptoms, increasing risk of second injury, experts say

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The number of injuries blamed on heading the ball, 30 percent, is not surprising, he said. "I see it all the time," Kuluz explained. Often, he noted, a heading injury occurs along with colliding with another player.

Kuluz advises young athletes who have had a concussion to avoid heading the ball.

Parents need to pay attention to their child during and after soccer, he suggested. "In the event of an injury, pay attention to symptoms," Kuluz said. He added that if a concussion is suspected, a young athlete must be evaluated by a doctor or trainer who has experience with concussions.

"Soccer can be done safely," he said, but parents and coaches need to be aware of concussion symptoms and obtain good medical evaluation and care.

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