Heading a football is part and parcel of the game. Whether it’s defending, flicking it on or going for goal, players in all outfield positions regularly use their head.
This has always been the case. However, recently there has been increasing chatter around the dangers of heading a football. It can, some say, lead to sporting injuries.
What are the dangers of heading a football?
The main reason heading a football is considered to be so dangerous by some is that the injuries often don’t show till later life. The constant heading of a football has been linked to the early onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The matter is further complicated by the fact it’s often hard to prove a demonstrable link between the disease and the cause. For every footballer who has suffered ill health from heading a football, there are thousands, even millions, who haven’t.
So, it’s hard to say one way or the other with any certainty if heading a football causes brain injuries. It seems the most likely answer is that it almost certainly does, but only for some people.
How can brain injuries from heading a football be prevented?
The development and advancement of the game have, in all likelihood, already done a lot to eliminate dangers of football injuries. The ball itself, for example, is an awful lot lighter and more forgiving than previous incarnations.
This especially makes a difference at the amateur level. Often, heading a sodden ball on a cold afternoon felt similar to heading a rock.
Of course, the medical side of the game has also come on leaps and bounds. These days, elite clubs have fully-fledged medical centres on-site at the training grounds. This means any sports injuries can be assessed and dealt with as soon as possible.
Players are also subjected to regular, rigorous health tests to pick up any signs of health problems as early as possible. Of course, despite all this, football injuries can and do, still, happen.
If you are injured playing football in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be due sports injury compensation. If you’re not sure if you’re eligible to make a claim, visit Accident Advice Helpline today.
Our unique 30-second test will quickly give you an idea of your eligibility to claim. You can also talk to our expert advisors by calling 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice