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Heads up! Study shows long-term soccer risks

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  • Years of "headers" could cause brain injury, memory loss
  • Players in the study were in their 20s, 30s & 40s and had played since childhood

Don't pull the kids out of soccer practice just yet, but a new (albeit small) study out of New York suggests that soccer players risk brain injury and memory loss. How? From years of heading the ball -- like you're supposed to do in soccer, because your hands are taboo!


Considering soccer is a popular kids sport (the term "soccer mom" is in our lexicon for a reason) and is predicted to be the most popular sport in the U.S. in 20 years, this is a story you need to see.


Mike Randolph and Borfor Carr, professional soccer players from the Atlanta Silverbacks, visited "Raising America with Kyra Phillips" to show the safest ways to head the ball. HLN's Christi Paul also spoke to a critical care neurologist about the potential risks.


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