Why does science want to kill football headshots? | Digital Trends Spanish

Former English football team captains Wayne Rooney, David Beckham and world champion Geoff Hurst have sent a letter to the government requesting that head butting be regulated in training for the sport, especially in the younger player categories.

This request was made after an investigation carried out by doctor Willie Stewart assured that footballers are three and a half times more likely to die from degenerative brain injuries than the general public due to the repetitive act of heading a soccer ball.


Those who signed the letter demand that dementia be formally recognized as an occupational disease, and that teams limit head butts in all categories, including the professional level.

They also hope that the local federation (FA) and the footballers’ union will provide more funds to encourage research on this problem.

It should be remembered that this concern has increased after the death of Nobby Stiles, who was part of the English team in 1966.

Stiles, along with several of his teammates, have been diagnosed with dementia, including Bobby Charlton, one of the iconic figures of English football and who recently revealed his diagnosis.

Concern for the youngest

The request of former footballers is aimed, especially, at the younger generations. They start from the assumption that less than 0.001 per cent of people play football professionally in England.

However, almost half of eleven to fifteen year olds play this sport.

The authors of the application explain that heading the ball between 12 and 18 years means six years of harmful behavior, for the same reason they demand that those in charge of training do not make young people belonging to that age range head.

Meanwhile, the training of the largest should be limited to 20 headers per training session with a minimum of 48 hours between each of the sessions.

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