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Category: Concussion in sport

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Female footballers may face greater risk of dementia, says expert

Amateurs and professionals sought by university study‘Physical and physiological differences could be important’A study into dementia in football is urging amateur and professional female players to volunteer to discover whether they could be more at r…

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Maurice Setters, Republic of Ireland assistant to Jack Charlton, dies aged 83

Former midfielder played for Manchester United and West BromSetters had reportedly been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s diseaseMaurice Setters, the former Manchester United player and Jack Charlton’s assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland, has died …

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FA Cup set to introduce concussion substitute trial this season

Ifab board expected to give assent at 16 December meetingRule could be in place for FA Cup third round ties in JanuaryThe FA is to fast track trials of concussion substitutes in this season’s FA Cup, following their approval by an expert International …

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Expert warns of ‘hugely worrying’ number of headers in football matches

League Two players have exceeded figure 58 times this seasonWarning comes after PFA’s call for reduction of headersProfessional players are heading the ball in league matches with a frequency that is “hugely worrying”, according to a leading academic i…

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Clubs may need to hire neurologists as part of plans to combat concussion

Ifab plans introducing trial of concussion substitutesPFA to launch working group to support former playersFootball clubs may be required to add neurologists to their medical teams as part of plans to confront concussion in the sport.Trials of concussi…

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Clubs may need to hire neurologists as part of plans to combat concussion

Ifab plans introducing trial of concussion substitutesPFA to launch working group to support former playersFootball clubs may be required to add neurologists to their medical teams as part of plans to confront concussion in the sport.Trials of concussi…

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Why has it taken 50 years for football to connect heading with concussion? | Andy Bull

Historical research and testimony linking brain injuries with the game shows that this train of thought is nothing newSome interviewees ask as many questions as they answer. Talk to the families of footballers suffering from dementia, and they will tel…

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Q&A: Why are so many former footballers suffering from dementia?

Following the death of Nobby Stiles and Sir Bobby Charlton’s diagnosis of dementia, the spotlight is once again on football and its links with the conditionThe science is in its infancy, but, yes, a link was officially asserted when Jeff Astle was rule…

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Head injuries and sport: confusion, anger and lots of difficult questions

Concussion in Sport Group’s position that causal relationship has not yet been demonstrated between chronic traumatic encephalopathy and sport concussions is controversialIn all the confusion, you probably missed that the sixth International Conference…

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Families of Jack Charlton and Nobby Stiles back new concussion campaign

Call to revamp research into sport’s links to dementiaNew group led by Dr Judith Gates, wife of former playerThe families of two of England’s 1966 World Cup winners, Jack Charlton and Nobby Stiles, are backing a new campaign to revamp sport’s approach …

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‘I have a three-minute memory’: Football’s toll on one man’s promising life

Zac Easter’s teenage years revolved around football. In an extract from his latest book, Reid Forgrave looks at how the sport has impacted one familyZac Easter was 24 years old when, in December 2015, he took his father’s shotgun and turned it on his o…

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Modern footballers could be at ‘greater risk’ from head injury, says study

The Field study was commissioned by the FA and PFAModern players not at any less risk than predecessorsModern footballers could be at greater risk of neurodegenerative disease from head injuries than their predecessors, the academic leading a landmark …

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The Breakdown | Shane Williams: ‘Unlike in my day, player welfare is a clear priority’

The former Wales wing’s documentary is broadcast on Thursday and he says the game is changing for the betterShane Williams is one of thousands of former rugby players who can only wonder at the impact their playing days will have in later life. The for…

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Former England captain Dave Watson has neurodegenerative disease

Disease ‘most likely’ result of concussions and heading ballWatson shone as Sunderland won the FA Cup in 1973The former England captain Dave Watson has a neurodegenerative disease that was “most likely” brought on by head injuries and repeated heading …

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Can heading a football lead to dementia? The evidence is growing

Concussion can have lifelong consequences and children are particularly at riskThe death in 2002 of the former England and West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle from degenerative brain disease placed the spotlight firmly on the possibility of a link …

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The brilliant Luke Kuechly gave us a searing image of brain trauma

The abrupt retirement of the magnificently talented Carolina Panthers linebacker serves as a reminder we are all complicit in the trauma that football inflicts on playersLuke Kuechly, the magnificently talented Carolina Panthers linebacker who has anno…

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Landmark study reveals link between football and dementia

• University of Glasgow researchers reveal results of major study• Four-fold risk of Alzheimer’s and motor neurone diseaseFormer professional footballers are three and a half times more likely to die of dementia than the general population, a landmark …

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Landmark study reveals link between football and dementia

• University of Glasgow researchers reveal results of major study• Four-fold risk of Alzheimer’s and motor neurone diseaseFormer professional footballers are three and a half times more likely to die of dementia than the general population, a landmark …

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Ryan Giggs and Daniel James under fire over actions after head collision

• Brain injury charity Headway criticises manager and player• Giggs says James passed concussion protocols at half-timeRyan Giggs’s stance that Manchester United’s Daniel James was being “streetwise” when remaining down following a collision during Wal…

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Former UC Berkeley cheerleader says coaches ignored concussions in lawsuit

Melissa Martin sues university, USA Cheer and former coachesPlaintiff says coaches bullied her into performing despite injuryMartin suffered three concussions leading to forced withdrawalA former collegiate cheerleader who suffered multiple brain injur…