Landmark study to analyse dangers of how heading a football impacts the brain to start on April 12 with findings to help determine if any limits need to be introduced for training sessions
- The study is to analyse how heading the ball in different ways impacts the brain
- Findings are due to be presented to decision-makers by the end of the season
- They will determine what limit, if any, needs to be introduced for training
The landmark study to analyse the dangers of heading a football is due to begin on April 12.
As revealed by Sportsmail, academy and women players at Liverpool and Manchester City are spearheading research into how heading the ball in different ways — comparing short and long distances — impacts the brain.
The findings, due to be presented to football’s key decision-makers by the end of this season, will help determine what, if any, limits need to be introduced for training.
Liverpool and Manchester City are spearheading the research into the dangers of heading
Players from the club’s youth ranks and women’s sides are taking part in the research
Players will wear PROTECHT mouthguards, which provide data on the force and frequency of blows to the head
Players will wear PROTECHT mouthguards, which provide data on the force and frequency of blows to the head.
After the study was launched last week, dental fittings have begun with the teams for the specially-made gumshields.
Experts say 20 headers per session is a suitable maximum, with a minimum of 48 hours between these sessions — a key demand of this newspaper’s campaign to tackle football’s dementia problem.