Everett Clinic pediatrician, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson contributed to CBS News', "U.S. Soccer Federation bans headers for young kids."
Dr. Swanson said:
"It's unclear what degree heading causes concussion and long-standing injury," Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson wrote today in her blog, Seattle Mama Doc.
But Swanson, executive director of Digital Health at Seattle Children's Hospital and a pediatrician at The Everett Clinic in Mill Creek, Washington, suggested it's still a smart move.
She noted that there has been no new consensus by pediatric experts on whether heading the ball causes damage to the brain. (The decision arose out of a lawsuit, and was not the result of new medical findings.)
Headers can lead to concussions, but a collision, rather than purposeful heading, was found to be the most common culprit behind acute head injuries in soccer players treated in emergency departments, said Swanson, citing a study in the journal Pediatrics.
Read the article, "U.S. Soccer Federation bans headers for young kids."
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson recently published a similar blog post, "U.S. Soccer Bans Headers For Kids Under 10."