Sumary of ‘Don’t know whether it’s too late for me’ – Gary Lineker ‘concerned’ about brain disease:
- The star, who played a total of 567 competitive games during his senior career, has also appeared in numerous television adverts for the popular snack company Walkers, making him a recognisable face to the next generation, as well as those who supported him through his football career.
- Surprisingly however, Lineker has spoken out about being “concerned” for footballers and how vulnerable they are left to dementia.
- Following new evidence that suggests a link between heading the ball and the brain disease, Lineker has suggested a complete ban of heading the ball within football in order to protect players.
- After taking part in a special documentary titled Dementia and Football, a subsequent inquiry was launched by Parliament into sport’s link to brain disease.
- Research presented by talkSPORT explained that professional footballers are 3.5 times more likely to die from a brain disease than the general population.
- It is important to point out that there has been no proven link between heading the ball and dementia, but Lineker is certain that the statistics are no coincidence, as growing numbers of players including Denis Law and Terry McDermott reveal their struggles with the condition.
- The percentages of people who are getting forms of dementia in football are higher than those in the general public.
- ”The star also spoke about conversations he has had with football legends Alan Shearer and Ian Wright, who share his concerns that in 10 to 15 years one of them could receive a dementia diagnosis.