By Chris King • 17 March 2021 • 18:28
Gary Lineker's Concerns Over Footballers Suffering Dementia .
GARY LINEKER’S Concerns Over Footballers Brains And Suffering Dementia From Heading Balls
During talkSPORT radio’s ‘Dementia in Football’ documentary, he spoke of how he has discussed dementia with his fellow ‘Match Of The Day’ presenters, Alan Shearer, and Ian Wright, both of whom shared his worry about brain disorders caused by many years of heading footballs.
Gary said, “I’ve had conversations with Alan Shearer and Ian Wright and others about the worry that, come 10, 15 years, that it might happen to one of us. The odds suggest that it probably will. I have regular health checks, including the brain. So far everything is OK”.
He added, “I’ll have my triannual test this summer and ask if there’s anything they can establish around the brain, because I don’t see how, given the circumstances, any footballer wouldn’t be worried about it”.
World Cup winner, Sir Geoff Hurst spoke on the topic this week and said he fully understands former players being reluctant to go and get checked, for fear of what might be found, with four of his former 1966 England team-mates – Ray Wilson, Jack Charlton, Nobby Stiles, and Martin Peters – already having died with dementia, while Sir Bobby Charlton was also diagnosed with dementia last year.
Linaker continued, “If I had known what I know now, I would have certainly limited the amount of heading I did. It’s hard to imagine the game without heading, but maybe it’s worth trialling. The era of the 1966 players has made us really aware of this. Football has changed since, so we may see it (dementia) is less prevalent in my era. But can we afford to wait that long? I suspect not”, as reported by Yahoo Sports.
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