A brain injury charity is hoping for a “cultural change” in how head injuries are treated in sport as MPs launch an inquiry into links with neurodegenerative disease. It comes amid claims the scope of the inquiry does not go far enough, “neglecting issues” at school and youth level. The sporting world also continues to learn of players and competitors who have been diagnosed with dementia , including members of the triumphant 1966 England World Cup football squad . In one study published in 2019, footballers were found to be three-and-a-half times more likely to die of a neurodegenerative disease than people of a similar age. Peter McCabe, chief executive of the charity Headway, will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee on 9 March to give evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into the link between sport and long-term brain injury. Advertisement He said: “Increased scrutiny from this influential cross-party group of MPs is very much welcomed. “We hope it will lead to greater pressure on all sports to do more to instil a cultural change in the way head injuries are perceived and treated. More from Dementia Gordon McQueen: Former Scotland, Man United and Leeds defender diagnosed… Read full this story
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