• US Soccer wants heading ban for age 10 and under

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    CHICAGO: A ban on headers for children 10 and under was among the recommendations of a new safety program unveiled on Thursday by the US Soccer Federation to combat concussions and other injuries. Concussion safety moves include recommendations to eliminate headers for youngsters 10 and under, limiting the amount of headers in practice for players ages 11-13 to no more than 30 minutes a week with only 15-20 headers per player and an emphasis on technique to try and avoid injury. Medical experts developed the program, Recognize to Recover, to help provide coaches, players, referees and parents information and educational material to help manage or prevent injuries.

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