Not on me head, son – is heading a football a health hazard for kids?

Ouch … repeatedly heading a ball could be more damaging than we thought. Photograph: Kinzie Riehm/Getty Images/Image Source The issue of head injuries in football, predicted the world players’ union Fifpro after a number of players suffered concussions during last year’s World Cup, was about to become “a tidal wave that will engulf” the sport. Evidence that even lightweight balls can wreak lasting brain damage continues to grow. Last week, the Guardian reported on work by researchers which found that in the women’s game, the force of heading back goal kicks was comparable to punches in boxing, or American footballers colliding. This week, the US Soccer Federation announced it would be issuing guidelines that will limit the number of headers 11- to 13-year-olds can take in training, and ban them…


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