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Does heading soccer balls up your concussion risk?

In soccer, heading the ball is an important move—but what are the risks? A new survey-based study looked into this, finding that players who frequently headed the ball reported more concussionlike symptoms than those who don’t, Neurology reports. Player collisions likely also play a role, and the long-term effects of the small, but frequent, impacts from headings remain unclear, according to NPR. But in a climate where concerns over concussion risks are rising, this question will likely be the focus of continuing research.

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