The Newcastle legend returned to screens final night time to play a key half within the BBC’s protection of Italy vs Spain within the Euro 2020 semi-final. Shearer stays the Premier League’s report goalscorer and was inducted into the Corridor of Fame earlier this 12 months, however he has detailed his concern for skilled footballers who’ve been heading the ball for years. In 2017, the 50-year-old took an MRI scan throughout his touching documentary ‘Dementia, Soccer and Me,’ which fortunately confirmed “everything looking normal”.
Shearer was relieved on the time, however the programme additionally opened his eyes as much as others who’ve been affected by the sickness.
He stated: “I met former footballers and their families who live with the disease, spoke to scientists and doctors about the research that is taking place, and took part in tests myself.
“As somebody who performed the sport for 20 years, and typically headed the ball as much as 100 occasions a day in coaching, I knew that if there was a hazard, then I used to be a type of who might be in danger.
“What touched me the most was meeting retired players, and their relatives, who are living with dementia.
“It made me realise that this can be a horrific illness that doesn’t simply have an effect on those that have it, however the folks round them too.
“People like Dawn Astle, daughter of Jeff Astle, the former West Brom and England striker who suffered from dementia before dying at the age of 59 in 2002.”
On the inquest into Astle’s dying, the coroner stated the harm to his mind had been brought on by years of heading a soccer.
Shearer was decided to focus on the problems after his frustration with an absence of motion from the FA within the 15 years on from Astle’s dying.
The documentary led to the FA and PFA asserting that they might collectively fee a “study into the long-term effects of head injuries in football”.
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The 2019 FIELD examination discovered former footballers are roughly three and a half occasions extra prone to die from the neurodegenerative illness than the final inhabitants.
It comes after 5 of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning facet have, or have had, the illness.
However Shearer known as for extra to be finished.
He advised the Solar: “Nowhere near enough research has been done.
“The authorities have been reluctant to seek out out solutions. They’ve swept it below the carpet, which isn’t adequate.
“For every goal I scored with a header during a game, I must have practised it 1,000 times in training. That must put me at risk if there is a link.
“By no means did I believe enjoying soccer might be linked to having a mind illness. That’s the reason the analysis needs to be finished.”
The FA stated earlier this 12 months that extra research might be commissioned to grasp the elevated threat of dementia amongst skilled footballers.