PFA statement on UCL research
The Professional Footballers’ Association welcomes the research from the University College London.
The safety and wellbeing of our members both past and present is of paramount importance and we are fully committed in trying to identify if footballers are suffering disproportionately with the onset of dementia.
The PFA is part of an Expert Concussion Panel formed in 2015, which led to new concussion protocols being introduced into the game.
In partnership with The Football Association we will fund additional independent research aimed at providing comprehensive and medically robust findings, investigating a potential causal link between the repeated heading of the ball and player-on-player collisions, and increased incidents of degenerative brain disease in later life.
Mental health problems affect one in six of the population at any one time, despite this many people are unaware of the symptoms. Good mental health is vital for peak performance in sport.
PFA Education provides advice and guidance for the provision of educational and vocational courses, in preparation for a second career, for all members of the PFA.