A recent study of 7,676 ex-professional male footballers in Scotland found that they were three times more likely to die from a neurodegenerative illness, which includes Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. The link between heading the ball and these illnesses is still unclear, as research is still at the early stages.

However, it has led to some headlines calling it a ‘dementia time bomb’ and the football’s governing bodies may face compensation claims in the future. The full report can be found here.

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