Ban heading in football for kids under 12 years of age

Ban heading in football for kids under 12 years of age

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Akash Prasad started this petition to THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Heading is an essential part of football. It could be a defender thats heading the ball to clear it from the back, it could be a midfielder that's trying to win the ball or an attacker that's trying to score a goal. However, heading in football could be quite dangerous, it has instant as well as long-term effects. Heading is directly linked to l brain damage. Repeated headers during a footballer's professional career may be linked to long-term brain damage, according to tentative evidence from UK scientists.

If heading the football has such fatal effects on adults, imagine the effects it will have on kids. Heading a football is extremely dangerous for children as the force with which the ball hits their head can cause brain injuries, according to neurologists from U.K. Last year, however, researchers in Puerto Rico gained permission to work with 30 boys and girls there, ages 9 to 11, who played in a local youth league. Most of the children wound up heading the ball at least once over the course of three games. Data from the headbands indicates their brains were subjected to acceleration forces ranging from 16 to 60 Gs. In adult players, 60 Gs during heading would be considered forceful enough to cause a concussion.

Therefore, there must be a ban in heading in football for kids under 12 years of age. 

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