PFATV: Dementia Research with Richard Jobson
As Assistant Chief Executive at the PFA, Richard Jobson looks afters various areas of the organisations interests in order to provide the best service for former and current players. One of the areas the PFA is especially focused on at the moment is dementia research, particularly concerning concussion, head injuries and heading the ball. Richard recently became a participant in one of the four studies in this area the PFA are currently involved with.
The International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation (ICHIRF) are investigating the impact contact sports might have on athletes’ neurological health, compared to a control group with no history of mild brain trauma. Playing as a centre-half for twenty years, Richards’s position meant a lot of heading the ball - and he suffered a few concussions during his career too - making him an ideal candidate for the study. As part of Dementia Action Week, we caught up with him to find out what being part of a research project entails.
Find out more about dementia here.
If you - or a loved one - are struggling with dementia, please contact us to find out more about the support we can provide to PFA members.