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Heading in training: PFA urges change, FA vows to invest

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The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) is calling for restrictions on heading in training, following concerns over the number of former players suffering from dementia.

The PFA says a game-wide strategy is urgently needed for dealing with dementia and neurodegenerative diseases in football.



PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor added: "The PFA and PFA Charity will continue our commitment, alongside The FA, to fund research in this area.



The FA is promising to invest in research to determine whether there is a link between heading the ball and brain injury diseases.



PFA charity chairman Brendan Batson said: "Our intention in setting up the group is to give a voice to the people who are most affected by dementia and other neurological diseases in football.

On Thursday, Frank Lampard revealed that he was considering adapting Chelsea's training over concerns with the number of former footballers developing dementia.

It has asked for clubs, leagues and the Football Association to create a coordinated strategy to measure, monitor and adapt training, identifying protections that can make a difference to the long-term health of players.
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