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English football will expand research into the dangers of heads to include players who will use mouthguards

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English football will expand research into the dangers of heads to include players from more than 10 clubs who will use mouthguards to measure the impact on their brains

  • English football to expand its research into the dangers of headers
  • Players will use mouthguards to measure the impact on their brain
  • A mix of first team, under 23 and female players will try out the PROTECHT shield
  • The lawsuits come after Nuno Espirito Santo admitted he’s ignoring guidelines

English football will significantly expand research into the dangers of headers, with players from more than 10 clubs using mouthguards to measure the impact on their brains for the remainder of this season.

Sports post understands a mix of first-team, under-23 and female players trying out the PROTECHT Gum Shield, whose data helped inform the historic guidelines introduced for 2021-22.

Manchester City and Liverpool led an investigation last season that led to English football introducing header restrictions for the first time.

English football will vastly expand research into the dangers and effects of headers

It is recommended that professional players practice up to 10 higher force headers – usually from a long ball, cross, corner or free kick – per week during training.

Teams from the Premier League and further down the pyramid have now signed up to use the technology which, using a chip in the gum, provides live data on the power and frequency of blows to the head.

The first participating clubs could be announced as early as next week. The study, which will be conducted in training, will further explore how steering a football in different ways — comparing short and long distances — can have different effects on the brain.

Players from more than 10 clubs will use mouthguards for the rest of this season to measure the impact on their brains

Players from more than 10 clubs will use mouthguards for the rest of this season to measure the impact on their brains

The final trials come after another troubling few days in the football relationship with head injuries.

Tottenham player Nuno Espirito Santo last week became the first Premier League boss to admit he is ignoring training guidelines.

On Saturday, Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley came out with a concussion at half-time after playing over 20 minutes after a nasty clash with Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley came out as a replacement for a concussion after over 20 minutes of play

Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley came out as a replacement for a concussion after over 20 minutes of play

Nuno’s comments raised concern among campaigners against dementia. He said: ‘I won’t lie to you, I don’t count how many times our players head the ball. Maybe this will get me in trouble, but football is jumping, heading, it’s part of the game.’

The current guidelines, agreed between the FA, Premier League, EFL, PFA and the LMA, apply to the Premier League for the basics.

Authorities have always maintained that it was only a first step for further investigation and a formal assessment in June next year.

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