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Category: Dementia

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Former Scotland defender Gordon McQueen diagnosed with dementia

McQueen played for Manchester United and LeedsFamily say he wonders whether heading has been a factorThe former Scotland, Manchester United and Leeds defender Gordon McQueen has been diagnosed with vascular dementia, his family have said.The 68-year-ol…

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Haskell and Cudmore launch new lobby group with letter to World Rugby

‘Progressive Rugby’ want urgent reforms to the sport‘World Rugby has a moral duty to minimise risk’Jamie Cudmore and James Haskell are at the head of a new lobby group called Progressive Rugby, which has been launched with an open letter to Sir Bill Be…

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Alastair Hignell knows more than most that memories are precious

Former England full-back is backing the Sporting Memories Foundation that helps those with dementia by talking about sport with themThe Six Nations approaches and, with it, the annual riptide of memories. Can it really be 50 years ago this weekend, for…

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Football still ‘in the dark’ about long-term risk of heading ball, says Southgate

England manager supports more research into dementia risk‘Everybody is more aware than ever of the impact of the illness’Gareth Southgate believes football remains “in the dark” about the long-term risks of heading the ball and concussions sustained on…

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Football still ‘in the dark’ about long-term risk of heading ball, says Southgate

England manager supports more research into dementia risk‘Everybody is more aware than ever of the impact of the illness’Gareth Southgate believes football remains “in the dark” about the long-term risks of heading the ball and concussions sustained on…

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Football still ‘in the dark’ about long-term risk of heading ball, says Southgate

England manager supports more research into dementia risk‘Everybody is more aware than ever of the impact of the illness’Gareth Southgate believes football remains “in the dark” about the long-term risks of heading the ball and concussions sustained on…

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Football still ‘in the dark’ about long-term risk of heading ball, says Southgate

England manager supports more research into dementia risk‘Everybody is more aware than ever of the impact of the illness’Gareth Southgate believes football remains “in the dark” about the long-term risks of heading the ball and concussions sustained on…

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Rugby league players planning dementia case face battle, lawyer warns

Lawyer Richard Cramer says: ‘There is no clearcut favourite’Significant payouts ‘could be final straw’ financially for the sportA sports lawyer has warned of the “significant hurdles” a group of former rugby league players will need to overcome to moun…

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Sport and dementia: ‘Something needs to happen now’

As former rugby players take legal action, experts warn that authorities in many sports must do more to prevent head injuriesFootball and rugby facing flood of claims over head injuries warningIn the 1980s and 1990s, Crispin Cormack, a full-back who co…

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Football and rugby facing flood of claims over head injuries warning

Neuropathologist Willie Stewart says there is clear evidence between the sports and degenerative brain condition CTESport and dementia: ‘Something needs to happen now’A leading expert on concussion and sport has warned that professional football and ru…

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Reporting on rugby’s dementia crisis struck all too close to home | Michael Aylwin

All the time that I have been investigating former players in middle age facing up to life-changing diagnoses, I have been watching the effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s on my wifeIt has been a horrible week for rugby, a fitting end to a year more har…

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Reporting on rugby’s dementia crisis struck all too close to home | Michael Aylwin

All the time that I have been investigating former players in middle age facing up to life-changing diagnoses, I have been watching the effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s on my wifeIt has been a horrible week for rugby, a fitting end to a year more har…

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RFU says it can cover dementia payouts and rugby is safe for children to play

Bill Sweeney says removing risk is ‘journey with no conclusion’Chief executive says any payouts would be covered by insuranceEnglish rugby union’s top official says the sport is safe to play and that the future of the Rugby Football Union is not at ris…

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Concussion sufferers twice as likely to develop brain diseases, study finds

Former rugby players taking legal action over head injuriesTeam behind new app have approached RFU and FA to offer helpPeople with a history of concussion are more than twice as likely to develop a neurological disease, according to a new study that ga…

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Concussion sufferers twice as likely to develop brain diseases, study finds

Former rugby players taking legal action over head injuriesTeam behind new app have approached RFU and FA to offer helpPeople with a history of concussion are more than twice as likely to develop a neurological disease, according to a new study that ga…

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Football without headers is unthinkable – or is it? | Adrian Chiles

Like rugby, football is exposing players to the risk of dementia. Isn’t it time we at least tried to play without this risky skill?Rugby’s reckoning with dementia seems to have arrived in a rush; in football, it has been a slower burner. As a West Brom…

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Can rugby union continue as normal knowing it is causing brain injuries? | Michael Aylwin

Analysis: revelations that several former players, all under 45, have early onset dementia begs the question: what now?In League of Denial, the 2013 book chronicling American football’s brain-injury crisis, there is a throwaway comment by Warren Moon, …

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‘Listen to the science’: Alix Popham fighting for reform in rugby after dementia diagnosis – video

Former Wales back-rower, Alix Popham, was diagnosed with early onset dementia this year aged 40. He says he is frustrated the game he still loves has not made changes to make the sport safer for current players. Popham’s last Test match was Wales …

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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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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…