Grassroots spoke to the FA yesterday in relation to further medical reports linking heading the ball having a negative impact on brain function.
An FA spokesperson said: “The FA’s medical research on head injuries in football has been ongoing for some time and we are focused on better understanding and implementing preventative measures for the safety of players, across all levels of the game. We welcome any medical research in this area and this study gives an interesting insight into the short-term effects of heading the ball, which is important because this occurs uniquely in our sport.
“The FA is committed to researching and examining all areas of head injuries in football, in particular around the long-term effects on players. We are currently assessing research projects in this area, in collaboration with The Drake Foundation and the PFA, and this will help us to fully understand the health benefits and any risks associated with playing football.”
- Player safety – at all levels of the game – is paramount for The FA.
- The FA is committed to supporting research looking in to any possible short and long term effects on brain function that could be caused by playing football.
- The FA collaborates with key partners within football such as the PFA and PGB and making links with those in a position to deliver good quality research within this field.
- The FA has published comprehensive Concussion Guidelines that can be found on TheFA.com. It includes key information and advice about how to recognise and manage a concussion from the time of injury through to a player’s safe return to football. The advisory guidelines have been designed for those who manage head injuries in professional and grassroots football – from clubs and schools, to parents and doctors.
As ever we are interested on your thoughts and personal experiences on this matter