London : A leading UK brain specialist has warned parents that heading footballs can be very dangerous for kids, reports ANI.
According to neuroscientist Michael Grey from the University of Birmingham, highly-paid professional players could be risking brain injuries and the impact of repeatedly heading a football is still unknown and calls for tougher guidelines, the Mirror reported.
He said that reasons why heading can be dangerous are that the neck muscles aren’t yet developed for the size of the children’s head at that age and kids’ brains are still developing so they’re very vulnerable for taking a blow to the head.
New Football Association guidelines on concussion and head injuries, which was issued after a spate of on-field incidents, said that it is the team doctor‘s decision if a player can carry on. But the rules offer no guidance in relation to children and heading the ball.