English FA and PFA commission research into link between heading and dementia

November 24 – English football authorities have commissioned a report into whether former footballers are more likely to have suffered from dementia later in life than the general public because of repeatedly heading the ball.

An independent study into football’s impact on the chances of developing degenerative brain disease will begin in January.

The Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association have appointed a research team to undertake the project, titled Football’s Influence on Lifelong Health and Dementia Risk.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn has promised “one of the most comprehensive studies ever commissioned into the long-term health of former footballers”.

Researchers will look at the physical and mental health outcomes of approximately 15,000 former professional footballers and compare them with the wider population and hope to produce initial results within the next two to three years.

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