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Heading for trouble: is dementia a game changer for football?

Rutherford, A and Stewart, W and Bruno, D Heading for trouble: is dementia a game changer for football? British Journal of Sports Medicine. ISSN 1473-0480 (Accepted)

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Abstract

After fevered media coverage of a possible link between football (soccer) heading and long-term damage to the brain, 2016 saw the Professional Footballers’ Association call for a review of the game to decide whether to follow the lead of United States Soccer and ban heading for younger players. Given these concerns, and the fact the relevant Rules of Football were conceived over 100 years ago, is it time for major rule changes? Is there evidence that football increases risk of neurodegenerative disease (e.g., dementia) and heading is to blame?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 11 Medical And Health Sciences, 09 Engineering, 13 Education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2017 08:41
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 08:41
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6802

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