February 4, 2023



Scottish soccer to ban heading

Skilled footballers in Scotland are to be banned from heading the ball in coaching the day earlier than and the day after a recreation.
Golf equipment are additionally being informed to restrict workouts that contain repetitive heading to 1 session per week.

The brand new pointers come after Glasgow College analysis that confirmed former footballers had been three-and-a-half occasions extra more likely to die from mind illness.
Consultants consider there could possibly be a hyperlink to repetitive heading of the ball.

The Scottish Soccer Affiliation (SFA) already has pointers in place limiting heading in youth soccer, with a ban on headers in coaching for the under-12 age group.

Scotland was additionally the primary nation on this planet to have a single set of concussion pointers for all sports activities, with the “If unsure, sit them out” marketing campaign.

The brand new pointers are being launched after session with the 50 golf equipment throughout the skilled males’s and ladies’s recreation in Scotland and following an SFA survey of golf equipment to gauge heading traits.

Golf equipment are additionally being informed to watch heading exercise in coaching with the intention of lowering the general burden of contact.

Dr John MacLean has been the SFA physician for greater than 20 years and was concerned within the 2019 area examine that highlighted the hyperlink between dementia and former skilled gamers.

“Whereas the analysis continues to develop, what we already learn about heading and its results on the mind suggests that there’s measurable reminiscence impairment lasting 24-48 hours following a sequence of headers, and that brain-related proteins may be detected in blood samples for a short while after heading,” he mentioned.

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“Mind scan modifications have additionally been reported in footballers that could be linked to heading.

“Due to this fact, the objective is to cut back any potential cumulative impact of heading by lowering the general publicity to heading in coaching.”