First ever match with NO heading will take place this month between ex-pros to try and tackle dementia in football


ADULT FOOTBALL’S first match with heading restrictions is ready to take place this month.

Researchers are nonetheless trying to uncover whether or not or not or not the engaging sport can nonetheless perform with heading banned in order to try and assist cut back the hazard of dementia for avid players.

The first match with a restriction on heading will take place on September 26Credit: AP
It is part of research to help reduce the risk of dementia for players
It is a part of analysis to assist cut back the hazard of dementia for avid playersCredit: Getty

The pilot will embrace a great deal of former professionals and will take place at non-league Spennymoor Town’s Brewery Field on September 26.

Heading will solely be allowed contained in the sector all by the first half whereas none will be allowed in any respect all by the second interval.

Stars comparable to Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan have gotten behind ideas charity Head for Change – the organisers of the sport alongside with the Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust.

The fixture is the very first of its sort and comes after intensive analysis by Dr Willie Stewart and his University of Glasgow workers.

They declare to have discovered the ‘missing link’ between repetitive heading and neurodegenerative illness.

Defenders head the ball principally primarily essentially the most and they state they due to this reality have a five-fold menace of constructing dementia in distinction to most of the people. 

However, due to goalkeepers hardly ever heading the ball, they have no elevated menace.

And these avid players that continued their careers the longest even have a higher menace of neurodegenerative illness. 

Dr Stewart has due to this reality requested football’s authorities to take into consideration whether or not or not or not heading was necessary after his findings.

But the chair and co-founder of Head for Change, Dr Judith Gates, insists her charity do not want an outright ban on heading.

She says that would presumably be a different Fifa ought to make after conducting their very private trials.

Dr Gates instructed the Daily Mail: “Much dialog in footballing circles has centred on making the sport safer.

“The Premier League and fully completely different governing our our our bodies have launched steering which limits high-force headers in instructing. Players, coaches, golf gear and followers are asking, ‘What does this mean for the beautiful game?’

“At all ranges of the sport, avid players and coaches have requested to experiment. In response to these queries, Head for Change agreed that the charity sport at Spennymoor Town would illustrate just some of these components.

“What happens to the game when heading is only allowed in the box? What happens when the ball cannot be headed? We hope that this experiment will further the discussion and that both players and supporters will have many ideas to share as a result of being involved.”

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