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U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe at the 2019 Women's World Cup. She's pledged to posthumously donate her brain to concussion research. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Girls who play soccer are at risk from concussion at nearly the same rate as boys who play football, a new study finds.

By the numbers: Boys who played football had the most concussions — 10 per every 10,000 practices or games — according to the study of 20 sports, published in the journal Pediatrics. Girls who played soccer were next, with concussions occurring in eight per 10,000 instances.

  • The CDC notes that girls have "higher rates of concussion than boys in high school soccer" and that concussions most "commonly occur when an athlete is heading the ball." Per the CDC:
    • About 1 in 3 concussions among girls happens during heading (31%).
    • About 1 in 4 concussions among boys happens during heading (28%).

The big picture: CBS News notes that U.S. women's national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe and retired USWNT players Abby Wambach, Michelle Akers and Brandi Chastain have pledged to posthumously donate their brains for concussion research.

What they're saying: The CDC "HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports" initiative that provides information to coaches, parents and athletes recommends that children aged 10 and younger should not head balls and that 11- to 13-year-olds should limit heading to practices only.

  • It recommends that athletes are taught to avoid collisions to reduce the chances of concussion occurring and that unsafe actions should be avoided, such as making illegal contact.
  • Tripping hazards should be removed and equipment including goalposts should have padding that's in good condition, per the CDC.

Go deeper: The NFL is changing how it handles concussions

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Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.

Updated 10 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Cuomo asks for “independent” investigator into sexual harassment claims

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Feb. 24. Photo: Seth Wenig/pool/AFP via Getty Images

A top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he would authorize and "voluntarily cooperate" with an independent investigation run by New York's attorney general into claims he sexually harassed several women.

The state of play: The statement comes after a day of competing statements from Cuomo and AG Letitcia James over who would oversee an independent investigation into the governor.

Cuomo scandal snares Dems on #MeToo

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images   

The searing sexual harassment allegations made against Gov. Andrew Cuomo are trouble for Democrats far beyond Albany and New York.

Why it matters: They hammered Donald Trump after the "Access Hollywood" tape. Pilloried Brett Kavanaugh over Christine Blasey Ford. Defended President Biden when he was accused of inappropriate touching. Now, Democrats have to show whether they walk the "#MeToo" talk.