Former professional footballers are three and a half times more likely to die from dementia than other people of the same age.
This was the outcome of new study commissioned by the Football Association, after the death of former West Brom footballer, Jeff Astle, who purportedly died from repeated blows to the head.
Researchers at Glasgow University compared the deaths of over 7,600 former footballers in Scotland with 23,000 deaths from the general population.
From this study, among other findings, it emerged that in addition to dementia, former professional football players are five times more likely to get sick with Alzheimer’s and twice as likely to get sick with Parkinson’s.
On the other hand, the study showed that players are less likely to die of other diseases such as heart and lung disease.