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New program helps screen young athletes for head injury

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WILLMAR -- The player on the Willmar High School girls' soccer team never saw the ball coming.

It hit her hard in the head but she kept on playing.

Jeff Winter, the team's coach, still winces when he describes what happened next, right before halftime at a game last fall.

The girl became disoriented. She didn't know where she was, Winter said.

"She just was swaying and she collapsed in the arms of one of the coaches," he said.

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