The Scottish Football Association has announced the ban on children under the age of 12 in training

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The Scottish Football Association has announced the ban on children under the age of 12 in training

Children in Scotland could be prevented from leading soccer balls during exercise due to the link between sports and dementia.

It has been claimed that the Scottish Football Association will announce the ban on players under the age of 12 later this month after a report was released that found former professional footballers to be three and a half times more likely to die from degenerative brain disease than non-footballers.

A similar ban has existed in the United States since 2015, but the SFA would be the first European country to impose such a restriction.

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The SFA will announce the landmark decision later this month

A decision that the talkSPORT duo Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist would welcome.

McCoist said: “It is clearly an issue that is very important in terms of headache related illnesses.

“Surveys have shown that there is an element of it, and when we look at some of the great players we lost, we have to say that there is definitely something in it.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Association said: “Since the publication of the study on the impact of football on lifelong health and dementia risk (FIELD) by the University of Glasgow at the end of last year on the connection between football and dementia, the Scottish association has worked closely with the Federation Collaborated authors of the study – including the men’s national team doctor and medical advisor to Dr. John MacLean, and other football players include – learn about practical steps that national sport can take in this country to minimize the risk of head injuries.

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“Given that the study was carried out using medical records from Scottish football players, the national governing body in that country needs to take a responsible, yet proportionate, approach to the results.

“The presidential team of Rod Petrie and Mike Mulraney and managing director Ian Maxwell were very interested that all possible options were discussed, but the final recommendations would be made under the guidance of medical experts.

“For this purpose, productive discussions took place under the patronage of the Scottish Federation’s Professional and Non-Professional Game Boards and the Main Committee on proactive, preventive measures with a particular focus on younger age groups.

“We intend to finalize these proposals with relevant stakeholders at an early stage. Further details will be released afterwards.”

The Headway Brain Injury Association has requested further research.

Headway chief Peter McCabe said in a statement, “Given the recent study by the University of Glasgow, which suggests that football professionals are at higher risk for neurodegenerative diseases than the general public.

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“It is understandable that coaches and parents are looking for clarification on this issue. It is therefore vital that more research is done to understand the risks associated with transferring lightweight modern soccer balls. “

The statement continued: “There are questions about the age limit and speculation assume that this will be 12 years. It follows that a child aged 13 can safely guide the ball. How do we know this is the case?

“The difficulty we face is that, in the absence of meaningful research into the modern game, to draw the line between acceptable risk and the benefits that healthy exercise can bring.”

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