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Heading in training: PFA urges change, FA vows to invest

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The Professional Footballers' Association is calling for restrictions on heading in training, following concerns over the number of former players suffering from dementia.

The PFA says a game-wide strategy is urgently needed for dealing with dementia and neurodegenerative diseases in football.

The FA is promising to invest in research to determine whether there is a link between heading the ball and brain injury diseases.

"A reduction of heading in training is a practical and straightforward step. We will be engaging with members, former members and their families to work on this area within the scope of the PFA's new advisory group, where decisions will be made on the basis of expert advice."

"PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor added:"The PFA and PFA Charity will continue our commitment, alongside The FA, to fund research in this area.

Earlier this week, the PFA and the PFA charity announced their plan for an advisory group, which has been established with the aim of listening to members and their families as they aim to shape their response in the fight against dementia.

"PFA charity chairman Brendan Batson said:"Our intention in setting up the group is to give a voice to the people who are most affected by dementia and other neurological diseases in football.

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