Due to the risks involved, former Tottenham and Hull midfielder Ryan Mason reports, Heading might not occur in football in 10 to 15 years time.
After fracturing his skull playing for Hull in 2017, Mason, capped once by England, had to retire from football.
Footballers are three and a half times more likely to suffer from dementia, a new report has found.
“It wouldn’t surprise me in 10 to 15 years if heading wasn’t involved in the game,” Mason, 29, told BBC Sport.
I think it’s definitely going to open up a lot of things, the research and the traction it’s gaining, which is going to be very surprising.
I’m not sure if footballers are completely conscious of the possible harm that could occur. This is where the more study, the more information, the more preparation current players get, the better.
It might even come to a point where you may have to sign something that says I’m OK [to play with the risk].
“It really is concerning. The problem we have is you don’t know the effects until you get later on in life.”
The Field study, conducted by neuropathologist Dr Willie Stewart, found that footballers were more likely to suffer from dementia and other brain injury diseases, but has not established whether it was caused by concussions from collisions or repeatedly heading the ball.
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