In view of growing health concerns, the Premier League has announced that it intends to introduce header guidelines for training in professional football from next season. These will be based on two new studies on the much debated topic.
The guidelines are agreed by a number of organizations, including the Premier League and the FA Football Association, in consultation with clubs, players, coaches and medical professionals. Players from the youth and women’s teams of Liverpool FC and the U18 and women’s teams of Manchester City will take part in the trials.
During the examinations, a mouth mask equipped with sensors should be used to determine which forces are at work. Experts have long called for the number of headers in training to be reduced in order to reduce the risk of long-term brain injuries.
A 2019 study in Scotland found that professional footballers were three and a half times more likely to die of neurodegenerative disease than the rest of the population.
The study should also shed light on any differences between men and women. The second project will compare the match tracking data from the past 2019/20 season with the results of the mouthguard study.