Program Focuses on Feet, Not Head, in Youth Soccer
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) - With the sports world taking a more serious look at head injuries, one sport still relies on using the head as a crucial part of the game: soccer.
But some youth players will have to wait to learn heading skills.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that coaches with Soccer Shots, a franchise that teaches more than 45,000 children in 30 states soccer fundamentals, are prohibited from teaching young kids how to hit a ball with their head. The ban applies to children ages 2 to 8.
Proponents cite growing evidence that brain damage can occur with a series of soft impacts to the head, rather than a hard blow. But others say heading is a vital part of the game that needs to be taught.
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