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Four Ways to Reduce Heading Related Injuries in Youth Soccer

By Graham Ramsay, SoccerWire, 02/08/19, 8:00AM CST

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Done incorrectly they are probably correct in their concerns, but learned properly heading is a great skill to acquire either as an attacker or defender.

Nearly 20% of all goals in the Barklays Premier League are scored from headers and often they provide the most dramatic goals. Yet here we are trying to relegate heading as a crime and especially dangerous to the health of youngsters.

Done incorrectly they are probably correct in their concerns, but learned properly heading is a great skill to acquire either as an attacker or defender.

My concerns are threefold for youngsters learning to head a ball:

1. MOVEMENT SKILLS

Sadly physical education in our schools has taken a back seat, and with it poor motor/coordination skills make the task of teaching the lead-up to a header more difficult.