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    Interesting read this

    http://www.skysports.com/football/ne...-u10-age-group
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    Good. They should probably ban it for U14.
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    Does heading really cause damage to the average kid? However you'd imagine/hope in the long run that it improves their technical skills since they will spend more time on them and encourage it more?

    I thought USA had more of a problem with head injuries from playing American Football?
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    Quite intelligent, seeing as the game should be learning skill young. We were to obsessed with being tough or being a man in this country, fact is science can show you what that can do to developing brains.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Does heading really cause damage to the average kid? However you'd imagine/hope in the long run that it improves their technical skills since they will spend more time on them and encourage it more?

    I thought USA had more of a problem with head injuries from playing American Football?
    Can't find it for love nor money at the moment but I remember reading about a study of women college football in the US which showed that the difference in g-force between heading a football and tackles in American Football are much closer than originally thought ( they are also much more prevalent) and that this risk created repeated small scale brain damage to the individuals involved.

    American Football does have a massive problem with concussions, I think some are worried that other less obviously violent sports are sailing under the radar.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Does heading really cause damage to the average kid? However you'd imagine/hope in the long run that it improves their technical skills since they will spend more time on them and encourage it more?

    I thought USA had more of a problem with head injuries from playing American Football?
    Actually, the average kid probably doesn't head a lot. I guess this would mostly affect strikers and some defenders who feel obliged to get in there. (But honestly, I'd tell most grassroots kids to duck. :lol: )

    I think whether it is harmful depends also on neck strength which is more developed in older kids. You make a good point about technique that has to be learned. Hopefully older kids could still learn that. They could focus on many other skills at younger ages.

    I thought USA had more of a problem with head injuries from playing American Football?
    Yes probably. Also in "soccer", collisions between heads (or heads and elbows etc) are more harmful than collisions between a head and a ball.
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    Cue under 10s getting injured from attempting outrageous Bicycle kick.
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    Probably will help them in a technical sense, they will learn to use their feet more than their head as it's a more effective way of playing football.

    Regardless of safety concerns I doubt the spanish team spend long time with U10s doing target man work.
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    Yes, better to save their tender little brains from 'soccer' so that they can later be permanently damaged by a true American sport instead.
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    Tbh the only really rough sport to the head is american football. Baseball I guess but there's protection there for the most part.

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    South Park tends to hit the nail on the head. It's genuinely a philosophical programme.
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    Boxing is quite tough on the head.
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    Apparently it does actually cause minor brain injury which accumulates over time


    It's probably a good move from a training perspective anyway, keeping the ball, moving, passing, tackling all makes more sense than the English ideal of a big man up front, maybe with a small guy like Michael Owen.


    inb4 'Right LADS, Alan Shearer propa good no nonsense English center forward, none of this poncy Narmey nonsense'
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    back in the 50's the ball was made of leather and when wet would probably double in weight?

    I imagine that a wet leather ball must have hurt. It's been suggested that professional players of the era suffered head injuries, like when a boxer became punch drunk.
 
 
 
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