How Risky is Heading in Soccer?

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    Jun 30, 2014 5:15 AM GMT
    Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scoring with a diving header against Spain on June 13, 2014.

    NYT: Can you imagine soccer without headers? Without Robin van Persie’s magnificent goal against Spain?

    Nobody is suggesting that, but a group of former American professional players is trying to warn parents, coaches and governing bodies of the risk of brain injuries from heading the ball, recommending that players shouldn’t do it until they are in high school.

    Is this a good campaign? Should children head the ball? What can be done to reduce the risk for injury?
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    Jul 01, 2014 5:29 AM GMT
    This argument hasn't started in the US. The debate started in Euro nation.

    If you are taught at an early age how to head the ball I see no problem. It is a sport with high physical demands and high risks.

    This argument will end as well as a football player's take on their concussion precautions.
  • mybud

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    Jul 03, 2014 2:22 AM GMT
    It's this brain and head injury stuff others have been bringing up..Like the guy said, I was taught to do soccer heading properly. No problems here.