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The Football Association, which governs football in England, aims to have new head injury rules in amateur football by March. This follows a long campaign by the family of Jeff Astle, the legendary West Bromwich Albion and England striker who died from a brain condition usually seen in boxers.
We have previously commented on the Premier League adopting tougher head injury rules for its professional players in August 2014, but the FA has been slower to act. According to media reports though, it is now looking to put in place better concussion guidelines for grassroots football.
This follows the FA finally agreeing to research football head injuries after Astle's inquest found that he had suffered repeated concussions from heading heavy leather footballs throughout his career.
This weeks Inside Out programme, which you can watch on iPlayer until 2 March 2015, reported this issue in depth and highlighted the current lack of guidance in the amateur game. Alex Roome a coach at Ashby Ivanhoe club said,
‘I had concussion as a player once so obviously I'm aware of it, but as regards to guidance from the FA or anything like that … no one is actually explaining it to you.’
Hopefully this will now change.
Our head injury solicitors welcome any measure which helps prevent head injury. We only hope that the FA’s promised guidance will protect the thousands of amateur players from head injury, as much as the game’s top professional players.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury which was someone else's fault, please contact Ian Shovlin or call on 0800 073 0988.
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