Head­ing foot­balls

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Last week Dr John Maclean, the Scot­tish FA’S chief med­i­cal con­sul­tant, told BBC Scot­land he wanted to see steps taken to re­duce “head­ing load on young play­ers”. He added: “Through work with the Scot­tish FA and Uefa, we have started to put to­gether some sen­si­ble guide­lines.

“Some sim­ple things like lim­it­ing head­ing train­ing for young play­ers, per­haps to one ses­sion per week to al­low the brain to re­cover.”

Henry Mcleish, the for­mer first min­is­ter, whose fa­ther suf­fered from de­men­tia, said it was a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward for the game, adding: “The SFA should be con­grat­u­lated on this pre­cau­tion­ary de­ci­sion that will help pro­tect our chil­dren’s fu­ture.”

The Tele­graph launched its own cam­paign in 2016 which specif­i­cally called for re­search into the preva­lence of brain dis­ease among for­mer foot­ballers.

The Univer­sity of Glas­gow study was launched af­ter claims that Jeff As­tle, the for­mer West Bromwich Al­bion striker, died be­cause of re­peated head trauma.

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