English football chiefs in talks to expand their research on head trauma risk in football

England football chiefs in talks to expand their research on head trauma risk in football beyond headbanging… with the impact of tackles and other collisions to be measured in matches and training

  • Football chiefs could expand their research on head trauma risk in football
  • Authorities announced milestone restrictions on adult training
  • Further investigation will take place next season before a formal review takes place
  • The impact of tackles and other collisions may soon be included in research

England football chiefs are in talks to expand their research into the risk of head trauma in football beyond heading into a better understanding of the risks to players’ health.

Authorities have announced groundbreaking restrictions on adult training amid concerns over player safety and long-term neurodegenerative problems.

Further research will take place during the 2021-2022 season ahead of a formal review in June.

England football chiefs are in talks to expand their research into head trauma risk in off-course football

Sports and Wellbeing Analytics’ PROTECHT mouthguard measured the impact of nearly 1,000 headers on youth and women’s teams in Liverpool and Manchester City.

But soon their research could include tackles and other collisions during matches and training.

“It’s all the forces that go through your head on an accumulated basis… that can come from a number of different places,” said CEO Chris Turner.

“Headers are just one part… an important one, but not the only one.”

Research may soon include tackles and other collisions during matches and training

Research may soon include tackles and other collisions during matches and training

He added: “That’s what we’re talking about with the Premier League and the FA – expanding into something broader… we are obviously very hopeful that will happen and they will do that with a wide church of clubs – both male as well as female . That’s really important.’

Premier league rugby clubs have already used the mouthguards to adapt training and protect their players.

Expanding studies to include first-team players and clashes between matches football can paint a more complete picture – and better understand the importance of factors such as neck strength, which has already been identified as ‘a key difference’ between men’s rugby and ladies.

“It’s vital – you have to look at every level of the game,” Turner said.

“What happened at the European Championship when the French defender (Benjamin Pavard) suddenly got a poleax and then ran off and came right back, those are the kinds of things you want to look out for besides watching headers. You can provide a lot of insight and information about what is going on if you can capture that.

Benjamin Pavard was left with a stick during the European Championship, but came back immediately after the treatment

Benjamin Pavard was left with a stick during the European Championship, but came back immediately after the treatment

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