Safersoccer.org got a boost this week when former soccer star Brandi Chastain lent her support behind a movement to ban headers among soccer players under 14.
Chastain told the media that coaches can lessen the risk of concussions by concentrating on footwork and better awareness, instead of headers, which can lead to a traumatic brain injury or add up as a sub-concussive impacts over time.
“Now that I’m off the field and I’m stepping back I still feel the need to do something for the game. And I thought the best thing I could do is help make the game safer. As a mom, that’s an extra push. I want my son to go to the soccer field and be safe,” she told the media.