The English Football Association (FA) said it established new guidelines for next season, including limiting players’ headshots in training.
In a statement published this Wednesday, the FA recommends “no more than ten headshots during a week of training.”
A recommendation that seeks to “protect the well-being of footballers” and that will apply to all levels of English football, from the Premier League to the Women’s Super League, the women’s championship.
The goal is to reduce the risk of brain injury. The rule does not apply to match days.
In 2002, an investigation into the death of former England striker Jeff Astle at age 59 confirmed the link between repeated blows to the head and brain injuries. Astle had suffered a head injury before his death.
Awareness about concussions in sport has increased since the NFL (National Football League), the American football league, agreed to pay $ 1 billion in 2015 to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by former players with neurological problems. This example has led other sports, such as rugby, to reinforce their protocols. AFP (HN)