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Headway reacts to speculation of ban on children heading footballs

Thu 16 Jan 2020

Headway has reacted to news that the Scottish FA is considering banning children under 12 heading the ball, but has reiterated its calls for further research to be undertaken.

Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway – the brain injury association, said: “In light of the recent study undertaken by the University of Glasgow, which suggested that professional football players have a higher risk of neurodegenerative diseases than the general public, there does seem to be merits in considering such a move.

“It is understandable that coaches and parents are looking for clarification on this issue. It is therefore vital that more research is conducted to fully understand what risks, if any, are linked to heading lightweight modern footballs.

“There are questions about the age limit and speculation suggests this will be 12 years. This infers that a child of 13 years is safe to head the ball. How do we know this to be the case?

“The difficulty we face, in the absence of meaningful research relating to the modern game, is where we draw the line in terms of acceptable risk versus the rewards we know healthy exercise can bring.”
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