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02 May 2019 14:00:49
With real evidence of the link between Dementia and heading of a football over several years, coupled with the concussion rules highlighted again this week in the Tottenham game, should football clubs be doing more to protect all the players.

For me, another example is our handling of young Kieran Tierney, who would run through a brick wall for Celtic. He has suffered some horrendous tackles and injuries in the past couple of years, Celtic just patch him up and send him out to play again. The latest example is Kieran apparently needs a DOUBLE HERNIA operation, no little thing, yet the club seem prepared to risk more injury from him by playing in games including cup final, before sanctioning his operation.
If the boy needs major surgery, then schedule it IMMEDIATELY and give him the whole summer to recover and come back fit and healthy.

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02 May 2019 14:28:22
Look what happened with Malcolm MacDonald, kept getting cortisone injections so that he could play thru the pain, his knees were ruined later in life, if KT is injured, it's a disgrace if he is being forced to play, as for heading the ball, Andy Lynch was saying in the paper the other day, he used to feel punch-drunk and be seeing stars at the end of the session after doing so much heading practice during training, they will have to find some way of keeping heading to an absolute minimum, unless they ban it altogether.

02 May 2019 17:10:55
Losing headers from football will never happen, it would change the game completely for the worse. There must be an improvement now with how light the balls are. As for teirney if he needs an op then im sure the club doctors can over rule coaches when it comes to the point they're asking him to play through injuries.

02 May 2019 17:22:04
Out of the millions and millions of players who have played the game over the years how many have developed dementia or any other form of brain injury or disease? It would be s very tiny minute amount so going with the pc attitude now where does it stop? I have trouble with ingrown toe nails and sore feet put down to wearing football boots so much as a kid do we develop boots or limit the wearing of boots to cut out the risk of ingrown toe nails and sore feet? Honestly I sympathise with the loss to the Chalmers and McNeil families but honestly wtf?

02 May 2019 18:41:52
Don't know if I have remembered this right, but a good number of the England world cup winning team got dementia, thing is don't think there has ever been a proper study, it might be a small insignificant number, of ex players that get dementia or it might be completely the opposite, it might be a huge percentage.

02 May 2019 19:08:28
Don't know what the stats ate regarding dementia in woman but must be on par with the disease in men so my question is what is the link with football? . i just don't see any link TBH.

{Ed007's Note - I obviously done a bit of reading up on dementia because of my mother-in-law a few years back and if my memory serves me correctly I read that women are more likely to develop dementia than men.}

02 May 2019 19:16:57
My gran got dementia in her 90’s she never played football or headed a ball maybe it’s just an age thing degeneration of the brain or just in your genes? As I said to much knee jerk reactions these days? I fully respect both your post Tim and andoh not trying to rock the boat but how can you possibly prove things like this? And then make claims we must do something about it like limit the amount of headers players make. I just think of my in grown toe nails? And wish a study was put in place for the risk of them when I was 10 years old? 😂.

02 May 2019 20:22:46
Says it all then ED. can't see a connection with dementia and football. What I will say that heading those old leather football's must have dome some damage of sorts.

{Ed007's Note - It must have had some effect. It doesn't do boxers any good getting punched about the head and when you think how many times a game guys were headering those balls between training and games.}

02 May 2019 21:40:04
The old style balls yes could be a potential factor especially when wet, hardly worried about health and safety back then compared to now.

03 May 2019 05:45:38
Guys let's remember that years ago heading a wet ball was like heading a brick. I remember taking my uncles old bladder out to play football only if he had put dubbin on it the night before. They balls were like sponges. Anyway the balls they use now compared to years ago are so light. I think they need to do an infepth study first before any talk of banning headers.

{Ed001's Note - it is nothing to do with weight, the new lighter balls move faster, much faster and so the force hitting your head is actually higher than it was with the heavier balls.}

03 May 2019 22:20:10
Never thought of that ed. Watching old games is like watching slow motion replays.

{Ed001's Note - I hadn't until I spoke to someone who worked as a physio in the sport a while ago. Just hadn't occurred to me that the speed was that different until he showed me some information on it. The difference was marked even back 10 years or so ago, since then the balls have been developed to move through the air faster.}



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