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    FA continues research as PFA chief suggests under-10s heading ban

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      FA continues research as PFA chief suggests under-10s heading ban

      FA continues research as PFA chief suggests under-10s heading ban - Football - Eurosport UK
      The Football Association is continuing its research into the health effects of heading the ball after players' chief Gordon Taylor suggested a ban on headers for players under the age of 10 should be considered.

      There are long-standing concerns that the act of repeatedly heading footballs can detrimentally affect long-term brain function and a University of Stirling study published earlier this year identified an immediate, though short-term, impact on memory after routine heading practice.

      Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, said authorities should be open to the idea of limiting the exposure of under-10s to heading - a decision that has already been taken in the United States.

      Taylor told The Daily Telegraph: "I think that has to be a serious consideration. It is not a knee-jerk reaction. It would be a considered reaction bearing in mind evidence that has been coming through from different sports and to a limited extent in football.

      "There have been rule changes for youngsters about pitches they play on, about the numbers in the game, about whether or not girls should be involved with boys and up to what age. It is very much in line with that.

      "We don't want to put off the next generation but we need to be very mindful. The game needs to have a duty of care to all its participants."

      The FA first pledged to investigate the issue of heading and its health consequences in 2002 following the death of former England international Jeff Astle, who died at 59 and was found to have suffered from the neuro-degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

      The sport's governing body is understood to take the matter extremely seriously but is eager not to act unilaterally or before the research is fully understood.

      Instead, the FA is addressing the issue of head injuries in concert with a variety of interested parties, including not-for-profit interest groups and other sporting bodies including the Rugby Football Union.

      An FA spokesperson told Press Association Sport: "The FA is committed to researching and examining all areas of head injuries in football, in particular around the long-term effects on players. We are currently assessing research projects in this area, in collaboration with the Drake Foundation and the PFA, and this will help us to fully understand the health benefits and any risks associated with playing football."
      Comment: The background to this story recently hit the UK news back in October.

      https://www.theguardian.com/football...e-effect-brain

      Heading footballs 'affects memory' - BBC News

      You could say that it strongly follows on from the US Professional Footballers and the findings of Dr Bennet Omalu who in 2002 researched and published his findings on Chronic traumatic encephalopathy which was later made in to the film 'Concussion'.

      It's taken the UK some time to catch up to the potential on this.

      Of course there have been a few well published issues in Rugby too, with various incidents hitting the headlines this year. As such there are already steps being taken to review this whole issue in the sport.

      Rugby should learn from the NFL's concussion crisis

      https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...on-rugby-union

      Some will argues that in Rugby you are tensed up and as such head trauma will be much less than in American Football where the protective head gear can cause the payers to relax a little more, even though the forces involved are considerably more.

      Of course another side would argue that this will change how players from the UK play football in adulthood. Does this mean that they will be better or worse when compared to people from other countries?


      Do you think that banning children from heading the ball is a good or bad move?


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      Re: FA continues research as PFA chief suggests under-10s heading ban

      No doubt someone will hold a study which proves that kicking a football damages the leg ligaments* and can lead to amputation. Why not just ban football altogether? In fact why not ban all sport which involves contact with another person, animal, the ground including snow or water. Darts and shooting would also be banned for obvious reasons and also egames as they cause eye problems and laziness.

      *Anyone of my age will remember the days of hard leather footballs softened a bit by applying dubbin. Heading one of these was dangerous, especially if your head came into contact with the laces, but no one ever suggested banning heading. It is an integral part of the game.

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      Re: FA continues research as PFA chief suggests under-10s heading ban

      Let's face it, any and all sports can be dangerous.

      This one can take your eye out...


      This one can seriously mame someone too...


      As for one which I do, well the first thing to do is get the students to sign lots of waivers!


      Perhaps rather than ban heading, kicking the ball, tackling, should they consider getting everyone to sign a suitable waiver instead?

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      Re: FA continues research as PFA chief suggests under-10s heading ban

      Or we all just wrap ourselves in cotton wool and never do anything.

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      Re: FA continues research as PFA chief suggests under-10s heading ban

      Having watched the film 'Concussion' it is quite obvious that many American Football players have been getting brain damage from prolonged exposure to the rough game. The way in which they literally bash heads under such force is not safe.

      The brain damage has a variety of effects from changing their personality, causing them to hear things, something similar to Alzheimer's and many other effects. The inherent cause is not fully diagnosable until an autopsy. Unfortunately this isn't always possible as the person used a gun to commit suicide. The cause of this was pushed by the conditions they were experiencing.

      There are people who are now taking this science and examining other sports where the players also get knocks to the head. Several rugby players have been wearing head protection for a few years now (sorry I don't watch Rugby so couldn't say for how long). It is currently the case that this isn't done by everyone.


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