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Should children in Gloucester be banned from heading a football to avoid hed injuries?

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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A leading campaigner on head injuries in sport has called for a ban on children heading the ball when playing football.

Chris Nowinski is a former professional wrestler and suffered from concussion because of regular blows to the head when playing college American football.

He has co-founded the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a non-profit organisation dedicated to studying sports concussion through education, policy, and research.

Nowinski told BBC Radio 5 live that heading should be introduced at a later age.

He also said that children should not be allowed to play contact sports.

“Who thinks it's a good idea to hit a 10-year-old in the head 200 or 300 times a season?

“If we have so many other options out there, like we get them running and being active, why play sports which include hundreds of blows to the head, knowing how bad the consequences are?”

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Should children be banned from heading a football or playing contact sports?

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  • Randwick_Resi  |  December 13 2013, 9:15PM

    Until their teens, football is pretty much a non-contact sport. And football is not played in the air. In mini soccer there a almost no heading!

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  • MentalBeaver  |  December 13 2013, 4:01PM

    Lots of wrestlers suffer from concussions however Chris Nowinski retired after suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome for a year so it wasn't like he just said "Uh oh, a concussion, I'm retiring".

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