Soccer is still “in the dark” about headers’ long-term danger, says Southgate.


England boss supports more dementia risk studies ‘Everyone is more conscious of the disease’s effects than ever before’

Gareth Southgate claims the long-term risks of headers and concussions on the pitch are largely “in the dark” for soccer. Too many retired players have dementia or died from the disease, and the England coach, a former central defender, is at the forefront of demands for further study on the dangers of the game. Sport and dementia:’ Something needs to change now’ Read moreAlthough the medical procedures of soccer concerning head injuries have dramatically tightened in recent years, Southgate admits that there is no place for c In order to find out what the effect of concussions and head injuries is, we are still in a situation where we need more research. On several of these things, we are still in the dark,”We’re still in a position where we need more research to find out what the impact of concussions and head injuries are. We’re still in the dark on a lot of these things,” The 50-year-old is joining Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Kenny Dalglish for a benefit night at the Lockdown Theatre on Friday, Jan. 15, to help shed more light on the issue. In support of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Sport United Against Dementia campaign, the trio will be streamed live from their homes and fans are encouraged to engage in an anecdote-filled Q&A session. “Everyone is more aware than ever of the impact of the disease,” Southgate said. Whoever has loved ones who are suffering from it knows what a horrible condition it is.

So it’s a very serious problem, and we want to try to encourage as much research as we can to ensure that as safe as possible are people who play now and in the future. “The manager of England is relieved that the risks are taken at least infinitely more seriously than in the days when he played for his country.” “The medical requirements are far higher now than they were 15 years ago,”The medical requirements are much greater than they were 15 years ago. You just have to stick to the medical staff as a coach. There were games where I had a concussion and kept playing. We weren’t as conscious about it – we just kept going and didn’t care about it as much. That’s changed, for the better, certainly.

Health treatment is more sophisticated.

We’re in a great place, I guess, but we have to keep checking what we’re doing, and we’re constantly improving, as in all medical circumstances. “Southgate will have to wait and see how the postponed European Championships go in the summer in the short term, but he has reason to be optimistic.” “We’re looking forward to the summer, it’s a brilliant challenge, but there’s a lot of uncertainty about exactly what the tournament will look like,” he said. Do we have fans back by then? “Will we have fans back by then? ” We have to be adaptable, like any corporation, and we have to be sensible about meetings and club visits,”Like any business, we have to be adaptable, and we have to be sensible about meetings and visits to clubs,” At the moment, it’s not so easy, but we look forward to the year ahead,” said the manager. “And of course, we’re really excited about the depth of young talent coming through with a squad that’s developing all the time, with a lot of young players coming through.


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