Dementia – The side effect off ball headers for health and mind of professional football players

 The most popular sport on Earth, football is an entire world itself and only very few know all the secrets and mysteries locked under the seal. Football have so many parts and components that’s less attractive comparing with the matches from the stadium, the attraction of fame, glory and financial wealthiness seldom leaves behind the scenes other tough aspects of the game.

Despite goals and celebrations in the football matches there are a lot more physical and psychological things going on in football and injuries and traumas are just few of them.

Football like other sports have with any doubt lots of benefits for physical health and if made it properly can transform for the few lucky ones from a hobby to a full time job. If you are parent and you might consider serious or just for a while such a possibility to make your boy or girl a professional football player, you might need to make some good research not only for the technical part but as well about the impact of this profession on the health and well-being of your beloved.

In United States of America as you’ll see in the video the headers were removed from the training drill for children from the football schools, measure that come to prevent this kind of the outcomes(brain damage).

Times are changing and with it the way of playing football and the equipment used to perform on the highest level. Recently I discovered few interesting materials about the “side effect” on health and mind on professional football players had a specific training drill or match action, the header.

Alan Shearer is one of the greatest football players of English Premier League, a symbolic person for Newcastle United and in the video bellow he’s making an investigation on this topic. In order to separate speculation from the facts there are interviews with the relatives of professional football players that got affected after a repetitive header action during their career, doctors, scientists and representatives of the governing bodies of English Football on this topic, the conclusion and the opinions about this video you can leave in the comment section.

The intensive and repetitive headers of the ball can cause a brain damage that in time can lead to dementia, a rear brain disease that can cause short and long memory and behavior disorder that can affect not only the life of the sportsmen but the well being of all his family as well.

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More researches remaining to be done to define a clear solution to prevent dementia for the football players from professional and non professional leagues. The fact remains clear, health of children and people of sports is a priority for all parties involved, families and governing associations. Time will prove if this new information about the side effect of the ball heading is powerful enough to change the rules of the game or other measures to protect the health of the footballers to be implemented.

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2 comments on “Dementia – The side effect off ball headers for health and mind of professional football players


Hi there,
Your article is a big wake up call foe all football fans and players. I’m a player and coach and ave always heard about other sorts and honestly have never associated headers to dementia until I read your article.
It is surely a subject to keep in mind.

Ion M. Cerga

As it was stated in the article and the documentary there are still a lot of research to be done but surely I’ll gonna consider this element once deciding to send my kid for a football school. so is good to know this thing. and do un


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