Ban Children From Heading Footballs
Every young football fan has at some point, on many occasions headed a football. It is unavoidable, the ball is crossed and you can’t help but to it in the back of the net using your head. However, Chris Nowinski who is a leading campaigner on head injuries, has said that children should be banned from heading a football.
The former professional wrestler, has suffered from concussion due to the blows he sustained during the time he played American football at university. As such, he mentioned that it would not be a bad idea if heading was introduced at a later age.
In a bid to sway the people listening to him on BBC Radio 5, he said that when there are so many better options to keep active and have fun. Why is it necessary to play a game where you will sustain hundreds of blows to your precious head. What is worse is, nobody knows how bad the consequences of these blows could be which means there is more risk than reward.
Nowinski and Raftery share similar opinions on sport safety and heading a football
Football is huge in the UK, while others may find heading a football daunting. For youngsters across the United Kingdom, heading a ball is second nature. Chris Nowinski himself suffered a very severe concussion ten years ago. But because he did not understand the symptoms he was faced with, he continued wrestling. He ultimately ended up with post-concussion syndrome, which forced him to retire from sport he loved.
This inspired him to co-found the Sports Legacy Institute, which is non-profit organisation aimed at studying sports concussion through research, education and policy. Chris Nowinski is not alone in the battle to ban heading. Dr Martin Raftery, chief medical officer for the International Rugby Board (IRB), stated that he was in agreement with the view to implement safety measures. Which would be much better than completely banning the younger sportsman and sportswoman from taking part in their chosen game.