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Viewpoint | Adolescent and Young Adult Health

US Youth Soccer Concussion Policy Heading in the Right Direction

Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH1; Christine M. Baugh, MPH2,3
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1Department of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
2Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
3Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, Division of Sports Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(5):413-414. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0338.
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This Viewpoint provides an overview of US Soccer’s initiatives to improve concussion awareness and management.

On November 9, 2015, the US Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer Association, American Youth Soccer Organization, US Club Soccer, and California’s Youth Soccer Associations (collectively referred to hereafter as US Soccer) issued a joint statement1 announcing the soon-to-be-released comprehensive campaign for safety in youth soccer, a sport that has grown dramatically in the past 4 decades. The sweeping initiative comes on the heels of a 2014 lawsuit, eliminating heading soccer balls for youth players younger than 10 years and limiting the practice of heading for children ages 11 to 13 years.1

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