Dementia in. Football
Latest news is that Terry McDermott and Dennis Law both being diagnosed with Dementia.
Both great headers of the ball and it’s about time something was done to minimise risk to those youngsters starting out in the game
I wonder if any research has been done comparing the old leather balls used years ago and the modern lightweight ones used today. I would imagine that heading a wet leather ball does far more damage than the lightweight versions of today. There again the damage may not be weight related and perhaps more frequency based?
More unfortunate news:
How sad to hear! Alan's date of birth was 29 October 1937 (age 83). All the best for him and his family.
This needs more research, me thinks. I do not know if I need to be afraid as I am 60 now and still play football at least twice a week - often three times. As I am 6 ft 3 ins, I have always been good at heading the ball.
So it would be nice to know if it the weight of the old balls (luckily before my time) or the frequency.
Also my aunt-in-law suffered Dementia/Alzheimer's disease for over 10 years and passed away two years ago. She was born 1929. But she had never played the game - I suspect she had never touched a football!
Anyway, I have a match tomorrow. Still one month of the season left. I really enjoy it!
Up the Boro!
Sad news about Alan although I must confess I have known for some time because I used to meet up with him at every home game for a chat.
We were going to do an In2View but it never materialised for reasons which are now obvious.
He is a lovely guy and has some special memories especially of a England and the World Cup.
He was always evasive about his memories of playing and being a team mate of Brian Clough especially the round robin incident.
A wonderful host and friends of everyone. He was immensely proud that a new housing development opposite Stewart’s Park at Marton has named a road “Alan Peacock Way”
With respect of the root cause of dementia in footballers an exhaustive study is required regarding the heading of a football. It can be argued that older footballs were encased in leather and became sodden and leaden when raining or wet pitches. However a contra argument is that most modern coaches teach heading techniques to younger players to gain length, direction and increased velocity.
Most junior teams and coaches are aware of the link between heading the ball and dementia and restricting the practise to actual competitive games rather than training or practise matches.
I was never a great header of the ball which although I played at full back I decided to go and be a ref!