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SKIPPER WANTS MORE DONE

28 February 2018

Chambo looks for PFA money to be spent on more research into the dangers of heading in football

Luke Chambers wants to see more research into the implications of heading a football for professional players.

Former England internationals Jeff Astle and Nobby Stiles developed dementia in their later years with their families attributing it to years of heading a ball and ex-England skipper Alan Shearer has said he fears he may go on to suffer with dementia for the same reason.

“I saw the other day that the PFA chief executive [Gordon Taylor] gets more than £2m a year. I’m not sure what for. I don’t think we get much from the PFA to be honest. They send someone down at the start of the season and tell us what we can do and what we can’t do and that’s it,” the Town skipper told the Club website.

“So we spend £2m on a chief executive but what £100,000 or so on research into head injuries in football and what heading can do to a player over their career. 

“There is a lot of research that has gone on in the United States for the NFL and concussion to players. I’d like to see a lot more done in our game.

“As the world develops, more information becomes available. I didn’t worry about the ramifications of continually heading a football 10 years ago because it was never mentioned. Now there are more stories out there, more information so you start to think about it more. I’d certainly like to see more of the PFA funding spent on that research because I’ve been heading a ball since I was eight years old.”


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