Is Heading A Soccer Ball Dangerous?

December 14, 2011

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Young boy heading soccer ballFor any parent whose child plays a competitive sport, injuries can be an understandable concern.

Recently, several articles have been published regarding the dangers of children heading a soccer ball, including:

However, in reality, the risk for concussion is not in heading the ball in youth soccer; it is in head to head, head to knee, and head to goal post contact.

It's important that young soccer players are taught proper heading technique early on.

Additionally, dangerous heading — like head to head contact, for example — should be treated as a foul by the official (just like dangerous play in football) with a yellow or red card.

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