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Brain disease linked to soccer injuries

Boston -- For the first time, a soccer player has been diagnosed with a brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head.

Boston University researchers said the brain of a soccer player who died in 2012 showed signs of chronic brain trauma similar to that found in several football players. The condition, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), has been linked to dementia and depression.

Because soccer players dont typically wear headgear to protect them from head trauma, many doctors have called on coaches to prohibit heading the ball for players under age 14. They also want coaches to monitor kids closely for concussions.

 
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