Former footballers three-and-a-half times more likely to die from brain disease.

November, 2022

Questions have been raised for some time as to whether repetitive heading of the ball could be linked to damage to the brain resulting in the development of dementia. In the light of the research findings from Glasgow University which identified a potential link, it is a wise decision to be cautious as research continues to ascertain why former professional footballers are more likely to develop dementia.

Previously this year the English FA took the decision to trial removing deliberate heading in football matches across U12 level and below in England from the start of the 2022-23 season.

We will be watching with interest further developments on this topic.

Everything possible must be done to reduce the risk of people developing dementia. If there are things that can be done - then they should be done.

At AmbaCare, through our dementia diversity workstream, we support people to reduce the risk or delay the onset and progression of dementia through advice that raises awareness of risk factors and steps that can be taken to build brain resilience.

If you are at all concerned about anything relating to dementia, give us a call on 07974 727223 we're here to help in any way we can.

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