Scotland may be about to get incrementally worse at football as a nation, but it's for a good cause. The bosses of the Scottish Football Association are in the final stages of preparing an all-out ban on children under the age of 12 heading footballs, as ever-firmer links are made between accrued sporting damage and later-life dementia.
The SFA is reacting in response to the clever people behind the over-reaching acronym of the FIELD report, better known as the Football's Influence on Lifelong health and Dementia risk paper. This linked thumping things into your head over a period of 30 years with an increased likelihood of developing a neurodegenerative disease later in life, which is all the correlation or causality or shareable Venn diagram of proof that the SFA needed to leap into action.
The SFA is therefore in the final stages of preparing a set of "proactive, preventative measures" designed to protect younger players in training, and "minimise risk in the area of head trauma" for the footballers of the future. [Guardian]
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