Concussions, Brain Damage Linked to Soccer

Scientists studying Patrick Grange's brain found CTE, a disease that causes dementia and depression.
3:00 | 02/28/14

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New findings this morning raising concerns about the risk of concussions and not just for football players. Now for soccer players, as well. ABC's Jim Avila is in Washington with the story. Reporter: The most popular sport in the world, more American kids play soccer than tackle football or baseball. Long encouraged by parents as the safe alternative to its violent U.S. Cousin, but this morning, it's linked to cte, the very same repetitive head trauma disease seen in some pro football players. New evidence that one of soccer's most exciting plays can cause brain damage. You have to be very careful when your son or daughter is playing soccer. You have to be very cognizant they can injure their heads. Reporter: It is this move, the header that appears so oudangers for youngsters. Players typically head it up to 12 times in a single game. Watch again. That black and white sphere traveling up to 50 miles an hour. And in soccer there's nothing between skull and leather. Our son Patrick was doing headers at the age of 3. Reporter: Patrick grange died nearly two years ago. His brain donated to scientists at Boston university studying cte and those doctors made a startling discovery. The 29-year-old is the first soccer player found to have cte, the frontal lobe of his brain badly damaged, the same mind-numberimin mind-numbing disease that leads to dementia and depression. I'm saying that concussions and constant headers as a youth under the age of 14 should not happen. Reporter: We reached out to the youth soccer fed indication but received no comment although most coaches will verizon cut back on header practice till high school but doctors are saying that's not enough.

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