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How can I help protect my child from head injuries in soccer?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Follow these tips to protect your child from head injuries when playing soccer:
  • Make sure players 12 years old and younger are using an age-appropriate-sized ball, correctly inflated to its recommended PSI (pounds per square inch).
  • Institute a "no heading" rule in the kids' organized camps and leagues. That way the kids avoid the most common head injuries: those from a collision between two players' heads, a head and a foot, or a head and a goal post. (If we one day establish a clear link between heading and brain damage -- in kids or adults -- our children will be spared having to live with the consequences of our ignorance.)
  • Add 600 milligrams of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) (omega-3s) as a supplement to every kid's diet. Anecdotal studies indicate it facilitates brain healing.

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