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Old 27-10-19, 04:32 PM   #41
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I am wondering if it will be as significant in years to come as footballs now are much lighter than they used to be previously but how much heading of the ball went on in the 50's/60's/70's compared to now? I have no idea, before my time. A lighter ball but more frequent heading may be as damaging.

Obviously at some point kids are going to need to learn to head a ball and it should be up to medical professionals and not ex-players or managers to opine what age the risks become sufficiently reduced to be acceptable.
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Old 01-11-20, 03:52 PM   #42
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Bobby Charlton has been diagnosed with dementia.
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Old 01-11-20, 06:32 PM   #43
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Bobby Charlton has been diagnosed with dementia.
I saw this. He's about a hundred years old, so pretty much impossible to tell if it's down to repeated, minor head trauma or because he's ancient.
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Old 01-11-20, 06:51 PM   #44
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Bobby Charlton has been diagnosed with dementia.

A horrible disease that steals your memories and Iíve been through it with both parents. Not nice to hear about such a legend of the game but thankful he is knocking on a bit and didnít get struck down with it in his sixties...

Best of luck, Bobby... YNWA
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I saw this. He's about a hundred years old, so pretty much impossible to tell if it's down to repeated, minor head trauma or because he's ancient.
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To be fair he is 83 so you can't tell whether it's football. I don't recall him doing a lot of headers.
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Old 01-11-20, 07:37 PM   #47
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Didn't mean in it in a disrespectful way.

Both of my late grandmothers had it - well one dementia and the other Alzheimers which I believe is a strain of the former. The one was in perfect health until 92, went on to deteriorate badly and passed at 95. The other was not so fortunate, she got it in her late 70s and lived the last decade of her life in uncertainty. On a good day she knew everything, on a bad one she didn't know who any of her family were. To my knowledge, I'm fairly certain neither of them participated in contact sports.

If I don't know who I am at 70, is it because of my family history or because I've headed footballs and was punched repeatedly in a boxing ring?
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Old 17-12-20, 10:42 PM   #49
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Probably the best thread for this, surprised no one has posted already:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55352368

The Premier League has said it hopes to start permanent concussion substitution trials from January.

It follows football's lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (Ifab), approving trials in 2021.

The new rule means permanent substitutions can be made if a player suffers a head injury, even if all replacements have already been used.

To avoid potential abuse of the rule, opposition teams will also be able to make a change at the same time.

However, Premier League clubs have voted against the use of five substitutes for a third time, despite Ifab's confirming an extension to the rule on Wednesday.

Instead, the number of top-flight players allowed on the bench has increased from seven to nine.

This measure will come into effect from matchday 14, which begins on Saturday.

"With player welfare the Premier League's priority, clubs agreed in principle to introduce additional permanent concussion substitutions following approval of the trial by the International Football Association Board yesterday," the Premier League said on Thursday.

"The Premier League will look to implement protocols which will allow a maximum of two concussion substitutes to be used per team, with the opposition side able to use the equivalent number.

"The additional concussion substitutions may be made regardless of the number of substitutions a team has made already."

Speaking before the latest decision not to allow five substitutes, Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham said he was "surprised" top-flight clubs had not approved the change.

Bullingham also said clubs still competing in the FA Cup would be allowed to make five substitutions.

"I think when we started off at Ifab level, we fully expected all of the leading leagues to sign it off for the reason of a very congested season with a lack of pre-season," said Bullingham.

Speaking about permanent concussion substitutes, he added: "I think we have to state clearly why permanent substitutes are better.

"We had a concussion expert group pulled together by Fifa and Ifab to look at this and their view is very firmly that it's safer."

Concussion substitutes were set to be introduced at the football competitions of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before the Games were postponed until 2021 because of coronavirus.

The ability to gather a more accurate diagnosis of head injuries has been in the spotlight after several members of England's 1966 World Cup-winning team were diagnosed with dementia.

Stiles and Jack Charlton, who both died earlier this year, had dementia, while Sir Bobby Charlton's family recently revealed he had been diagnosed with the disease.

Former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen also recently explained how he had felt the effects of a concussion he sustained playing for Spurs for the following nine months.
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