Top-flight clubs still in dark regarding heading limits with Premier League sat on study data

Top-flight clubs still in dark regarding heading limits for the new season… despite the Premier League having sat on data from historic mouthguard study for seven WEEKS

  • A parliamentary report slammed a lack of action to fight the dementia crisis 
  • The mouthguard study will be used to set heading guidelines in training
  • The Premier League promised limits will be introduced before new season starts 

Premier League clubs are still in the dark on heading limits this season despite top-flight chiefs having had the data from a landmark mouthguard study since the start of June.

On Thursday, a parliamentary report slammed a lack of action from football’s stakeholders to fight the sport’s dementia crisis.

The mouthguard study, which looked at how heading a ball in different ways impacts the brain, will be used to set heading guidelines in training. 

Premier League clubs are still in the dark on heading limits this season despite chiefs sitting on data since early June

The mouthguard study will be used to set heading guidelines in training during the season

The mouthguard study will be used to set heading guidelines in training during the season

This newspaper understands the data has been with the authorities for several weeks. Experts have long told Sportsmail that 20 headers per session is a suitable limit, with 48 hours between sessions.

The Premier League promised limits will be introduced before the new season starts, but pre-season began without any.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee report criticised the FA and PFA for having ignored the issue of brain injuries, particularly after a coroner ruled Jeff Astle died of an ‘industrial disease’ in 2002.

A PFA statement read: ‘We will continue to fund research and work hard to identify and strengthen protections to players’ long-term health.’

Meanwhile, a rare original platinum disc of Three Lions has sold for £1,750, half of which will go to the Jeff Astle Foundation.

A coroner ruled former West Brom star Jeff Astle died of an 'industrial disease' in 2002

A coroner ruled former West Brom star Jeff Astle died of an ‘industrial disease’ in 2002

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