The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) is calling for restrictions on heading in training, following concerns over the number of former players suffering from dementia.
The PFA says a game-wide strategy is urgently needed for dealing with dementia and neurodegenerative diseases in football.
It has asked for clubs, leagues and the Football Association to create a coordinated strategy to measure, monitor and adapt training, identifying protections that can make a difference to the long-term health of players.
In 2019, the PFA Charity-funded study, FIELD, found that footballers had 3.5 times the death rate from neurodegenerative conditions than the general population.
In a statement released on Friday evening, PFA chairman Ben Purkiss said: “Science has been developing quickly in this area, and we need to make an urgent intervention based on the evidence that is available now.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti admits he is worried about the possible links between football and dementia.
“A reduction of heading in training is a practical and straightforward step. We will be engaging with members, former members and their families to work on this area within the scope of the PFA’s new advisory group, where decisions will be made on the basis of expert advice.”
England 1966 World Cup-winner Nobby Stiles passed away last month following a long battle against the disease.
His former England team-mates Jack Charlton, Martin Peters and Ray Wilson also battled against dementia before…