21 Oct 2019

Ex-footballers more likely to die from dementia, says report

Health and Social Care Editor

Former professional footballers are three and a half times more likely to die from dementia than the general population.

That’s the finding of a long-awaited report commissioned by the Football Association.

The study follows a campaign by the family of former West Brom striker Jeff Astle, who is thought to have died because of repeated head trauma, linked to heading a football over many years.