(KAIT/NBC) - Recent studies show there are long-term risks linked to heading soccer balls.
Results of a Virginia Tech study shed new light on gear aimed at protecting against concussions.
Halo headgear and even helmets have proven to be more effective in curbing concussions among soccer athletes. They can reduce the threat of injury upwards of 84%.
Steve Rowson, Virginia Tech lab director, says headgear is far more helpful than hurtful.
"Most concussions occur when two players are going to head a ball and rather than head a ball they hit each other in the head," said Rowson
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