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Youth soccer concussions send players to emergency rooms

6:56 AM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
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By Ryan Dean

St. Louis (KSDK) -- The Centers for Disease Control says during the last decade (2001-2009), more than 10,000 youths, ages 19 and younger, went to the emergency room for a brain injury, including concussions, they received while playing soccer.

According to the CDC, soccer ranks third in youth sports for trips to the ER for a head injury. Football and basketball top the list.

In the first video, Ryan Dean looks at the largest youth soccer organization in St. Louis to see how it is handling the concussion issue. 

In the second video, he spoke to a soccer company that says "no" to heading a soccer ball, and what an Olympic gold medalist has to say about the policy.

Read the USA Today article on the concussion study referenced in the second video.

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