To Washington where congress is taking a hard look at how to protect young athletes from head injuries. The threat of concussions has been growing for boys and girls and yesterday the NFL and NHL were... See More
To Washington where congress is taking a hard look at how to protect young athletes from head injuries. The threat of concussions has been growing for boys and girls and yesterday the NFL and NHL were called this to be part of the solution. Jim Avila has the details from Washington. Good morning, Jim. Reporter: Warnings from parents about little kids playing big kids' games from lacrosse and hockey to soccer and, of course, football. 6 million kids play tackle or flag football. Absorbing an average of 650 hits to the head every season according to a recent study. And on Thursday the NFL confessed to congress it still has not developed equipment to protect players from concussions. I know the helmet manufacturers are working on it. We're not there yet. Reporter: Another study shows girls' soccer is second on the list for concussion danger and one of the most famous players, Briana scurry, who helped the U.S. Win its first -- I made one save. The only save made in the penalty kick shootout. Reporter: -- Can no longer play suffering this head injury at age 38. What was the effect of that on your life? I still have issues with my balance, loss of memory, concentration, difficulty focusing. Sensitivity to light and sound. Reporter: And that's what she came to congress to talk about. Delivering this message for parents and coaches. Playing hurt is not good anymore. No, we're finding out that playing hurt cannot only cost you that game but can cost you the next few years if not longer of your life quality. Reporter: Neurologists say the leading cause of concussions is improper technique while heading the ball and kids should not be allowed to use their head until they are certified to do it well. Like this. Through the ball so you can see it coming off faster than it is hitting me. They's do it the wrong way and it hits them and schnapps. Most don't know how to do it properly at a young age and need to be taught how to do it well. Reporter: More advice for soccer moms and dads. Some research shows girls are injured by headers more often than boys because of weaker neck muscles so a strengthening plan could help.
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