Should my child head the ball in soccer?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Using your head might work for the nerds on The Big Bang Theory, but we know that the David Beckham and Mia Hamm wannabes have something else in mind. Heading the soccer ball may not be a smart move for young kids whose brains are still developing. Although no single header is likely to do harm, we're learning that the cumulative effect of many minor head traumas may cause brain damage.

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