Rutherford, A, Stewart, W and Bruno, D (2017) Heading for trouble: is dementia a game changer for football? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 53 (6). pp. 321-322. ISSN 1473-0480

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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 the 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 (eg, dementia) and heading is to blame?

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors, The BMJ Publishing Group. Originally published online Rutherford A, Stewart W, Bruno D Heading for trouble: is dementia a game changer for football? Br J Sports Med Published Online First: 20 July 2017. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-097627
Uncontrolled Keywords: aging/ageing, brain, contact sports, football, soccer
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC521 Dementia
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 09:12
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 12:55

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