Dementia risk for soccer stars
FOOTBALLERS who head the ball repeatedly can end up with dementia, new findings suggest – prompting calls for more detailed research.
A potential cause of dementia thought to arise from blows to the head has been confirmed in a group of retired players following a small study.
The results provide a platform for a “pressing research question” on whether dementia is more common in footballers than the general public.
Dawn Astle, daughter of former England and West Brom striker Jeff Astle, who died of a degenerative brain disease in 2002, aged 59, said the findings are no surprise.
She said: “The evidence is mounting. It is sad to read – I am not surprised, it doesn’t shock me.
“But the research is so important for current and future players.”