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Scottish FA to ban under 12s from heading the ball

The Scottish FA are set to ban under 12s from heading footballs in training sessions in an effort to prevent dementia.

A study from the University of Glasgow proved that there are links between heading the ball and dementia.

Heading practice will be limited for 12-17 year olds as well and therefore heading in training will be banned immediately, although it is not banned in matches.

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The study proves that former professional footballers are three and a half times more likely to die from brain diseases, due to the impact of heading the ball.

Ian Maxwell, chief executive of the Scottish FA said: “The updated guidelines are designed to help coaches remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football in the earliest year.

“It is important to reassure that heading is rare in youth football matches but we are clear that the guidelines should mitigate any potential risk.”

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