How do to Defensive Heading
1.The ball must be stuck by the head rather than the head being struck by the ball. This allows the player directional control over the ball while preventing injury.
2. Eyes must be trained to stay open and look at the ball in flight all the way to your head. When you head ,the ball you should hit it your forehead, between eyebrows and the hairline.
3. As the ball approaches, lean back slightly. At contact, the head is thrust at the ball. The power of the legs, trunk, and neck is behind the thrust of the head.
4. Follow - through in heading in the direction you want the ball to go. To change direction of an incoming ball, the player uses all the techniques in steps 1 and 2. In step 3, on contact with the ball, the trunk, neck and head are turned and the forehead strikes the ball in the intended direction left or right. To head the ball downward, the chin should be tucked to the neck at contact and the trunk moved foreword toward the ground. To head the ball up and away, you strike from beneath the ball with a vigorous jump of the ground.
Coach Mark Hint
Heading is one of the hardest skills to learn because you must get use to hitting the ball with your head and keeping your eyes open. Hang a ball from a tree branch set at forehead level and practice hitting the ball with your head. Next, move the ball higher by raising the rope. Now hit the ball with your head by jumping.
You can also practice hitting the ball with your head with another teammate.