Image copyright Getty Images A ban on children heading the ball in Scotland could be in place in a matter of weeks due to fears over the links between football and dementia.BBC Scotland has learned the Scottish FA wants to lead the way on the issue after a report found former players are more at…

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A ban on kids heading the ball in Scotland will seemingly be in situation in a subject of weeks due to the fears over the hyperlinks between football and dementia.

BBC Scotland has learned the Scottish FA wants to e book the manner on the grief after a file found extinct avid gamers are extra at threat of loss of life from the illness.

The governing physique is anticipated to enlighten a ban on below-12s heading the ball in coaching later this month.

A identical ban has been in situation in the US since 2015.

However the SFA would turn out to be the foremost European country to impose a restriction on head contact.

Discussions comprise been ongoing since the release of a explore in October which found the foremost hyperlinks between extinct avid gamers and degenerative mind illness.

The Scottish FA’s doctor, John MacLean, was portion of the group which highlighted extinct avid gamers are three and a half of instances extra seemingly to die of dementia.

There stays no firm proof linking heading the ball to the illness but Dr MacLean thinks a restriction of head contact is traditional sense.

He acknowledged: “We can not again the proof one manner or the opposite on heading.

“We have to employ some radiant, pragmatic steps for the time being and that is the explanation largely going to be about trying to lower that total burden, the total instances that younger avid gamers head – and heading in coaching is primary extra traditional than in fits.

“The explore was by no technique designed to, and couldn’t title, why, but I deem most other folk would converse, pragmatically that it could per chance perhaps be head injury or heading, in whatever combination that is seemingly to be.”

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A neurosurgeon acknowledged extinct England striker Jeff Astle died from a mind condition usually linked to boxers in situation of Alzheimer’s illness

The switch will pose questions for nationwide associations all over the area when the plans turn out to be a actuality.

That is also a relief for Dr Willie Stewart, who led the explore that found the link in the foremost situation.

He acknowledged: “I’m pleased. I deem that whereas there comprise been many questions left unanswered by our file, I deem the one thing that came via is that football wants to alternate in some manner.

“We can not hump on having a witness at a threat of three and a half of instances increased neurogenerative illness in footballers and now not assemble one thing about it, so right here is amazing.”

‘Severe scenarios’

It could per chance actually be being seen as a revolutionary switch by these which comprise performed the game.

Outmoded Wales, Arsenal and Celtic striker John Hartson says the Scottish FA must be applauded for main the manner on one thing that appears to be like evident.

He acknowledged “Heading was a huge portion of my game. Managers equipped me because I’d head the ball.

“There comprise been some serious scenarios where avid gamers comprise misplaced their lives and ex legends tormented by dementia, so I’m entirely happy the SFA are main the relaxation of football and doing one thing about it.”

The ban is seemingly to be confirmed by the Scottish FA in the arrival weeks when all stakeholders comprise signed as a lot as the thought.

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