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HEALTH Sports head injuries

Playing sports as a child can be health and productive.
But could it also be dangerous.
That's what congress held a hearing on today.

Considerable attention has been given to the devastating injuries caused by playing football.

But now there are warning signs about soccer once thought to be a safe alternative.
Briana Scurry was the goalie for the US women's national team that won the 1999 World Cup.

She's known for her dazzling saves and aggressive defense.  But now she's speaking out about safety.

Briana Scurry
I struggled with intense, piercing headaches that were so bad that during the evening it was all I could do not to cry myself to sleep.

Scurry says multiple concussions forced her to retire from the sport she loved.
This morning she joined doctors, athletes and representatives from the NHL and NFL at a congressional hearing on safety in sports.

An NFL official told lawmakers that the league has ushered in significant rule changes and that's led to fewer head injuries and concussions.

Jeffrey Miller
The emphasis has been on eliminating the use of the head in the game,
Specifically helmet to helmet hits which are a significant cause of the injury.

But new concerns should worry the millions of American parents whose kids spend their weekends running up and down the soccer pitch.

Players can head the ball up to a dozen times a game and that ball could be traveling up to 50 miles an hour.

Patrick Granger died nearly two years ago.  Doctors say he's the first soccer player to be diagnosed with Ctethe Head Trauma frequently found in pro football players.

Michele Grange, Mother
Headers in youth and under the age of 14 should not happen.
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