Thursday, December 01, 2011

"Heading" in soccer can be harmful to brains of young players

Here’s the latest little blip in the dangers of competitive sports: “Heading” in soccer, if repeated for years, can lead to brain damage, or at least, changes in cognition. There’s a story on Fox news here  and it also aired on NBC Nightly News recently.

A Youth Soccer Association, in the Dallas area, admitted that people under 10 should not engage in this practice of propelling the ball. 

Soccer was an important unit in physical education every year in middle school and high school, usually before touch football and before basketball, at least in the 50s when I went to school.  You go to Europe and soccer is the sport. 

The University of Washington has a constructive link here

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