Alan Shearer- Dementia from football?

Alan Shearer- Dementia from football?

The former Newcastle United and England striker was helping to investigate the potentially devastating link between football and dementia.


Shearer undertook a series of cutting edge medical tests carried out to assess the condition of his own body and brain. They took place at Stirling University and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. With experts there he discussed topics covering chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and concussion, to the research priorities in sports traumatic brain injury (TBI) and outcomes for players.


Scientific reports from around the world have revealed that the link between football and dementia could be a result of brain damage caused by heading the ball. Shearer never shied away from heading the ball during his career and remains the Premier League’s all-time top scorer, with 46 of those goals from headers alone.


Dementia can have devastating consequences for those it affects so he has a vested interest regarding football’s potential links with brain injury. Clare Walton, research communications manager at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Despite recent speculation about heading footballs being linked to increased risk of dementia, there is currently not enough evidence for us to make an informed conclusion. “We need to see many more high-quality studies looking into the long-term risks of minor head impacts like heading footballs before we can come to an informed conclusion."