Concussion fears prompt youth soccer leagues to put restrictions on headers

Baylor soccer coach Curtis Blair talks to his team before their match against GPS on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at GPS in Chattanooga, Tenn.
photo Soddy-Daisy's Kelsey Henry, left, heads the ball next to East Hamilton's Gabby Larson during their prep soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at East Hamilton High School in Chattanooga, Tenn.


Brain injuries is the focus of a the movie Concussion, starring Will Smith, that was released Christmas Day. The film portrays Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who fought against efforts by National Football League to suppress his research on the brain damage suffered by professional football players. The film is based on the 2009 GQ magazine exposé Game Brain by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Sports brain injuries are the subject of a highly anticipated new movie Concussion and mounting research.

In some areas, changes are resulting. Under pressure from lawsuits and public opinion, the nation's governing body for soccer is taking some of the air out of the most popular sport on the planet.