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Soccer Coach Uses Lighter Soccer Balls During Heading Practice

A high school soccer coach recently discussed his new practice of using lighter or underinflated soccer balls as a way to minimize the risk of concussion and other traumatic brain injuries.

The boys’ soccer coach for The Shipley School, Thom Schauerman, told mainlinemedianews.com that he “started using lighter balls or deflating balls when we do heading practices. Just like the (Shipley girls soccer team), we have reduced the amount of heading we do in practice and when we do practice it, it’s in a very controlled environment.

“We sometimes go eight attackers vs. 0 defenders when we practice set pieces and the players have specific runs or zones they must attack, and this prevents two people from going to the same ball. This reduces the amount of collisions we have in practice.”

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