The United States Soccer Federation Limits Headers for Youth Teams

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The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) created new safety rules that will limit youth headers, according the U.S. Soccer,

No headers will be allowed for children 10 or younger and limited in practice for ages 11-13 in rules that will be finalized in the coming weeks.

Modifications will also be in the substitution rule so players suspected of sustaining a concussion can be tended to more easily.

“As part of an announcement that a lawsuit over concussions filed last year had been settled, the USSF said Monday it is implementing the changes for U.S. youth national teams and its development academy, which are controlled by the governing body,” mentioned Fox Soccer.

“I sit on both sides of the fence on this issue.  From my experience, it is VERY rare that a concussion occurs from the header itself. Most injuries occurs from heads hitting the ground or other players during normal physical contact during the game,” mentioned Miss Barton (Sarah Barton), Bernardo Yorba Middle School P.E teacher and women’s Chapman University assistant soccer coach.

“I understand wanting to do everything we can to protect kids, but I don’t think this is truly going to have an effect on anything,” stated Sarah Barton.

An estimated 1.6-3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions occur in the United States each year. Between 2001-2005, children and youth ages 5-18 years old accounted for 2.4 million sports-related emergency department (ED) visits annually, of which 6% (135,000) involved a concussion.