England legend wants a total head ban on children after watching World Cup teammates die of dementia


Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 final, said it was up to the football authorities to do everything in their power to make the game safer, continue research and support former players. “More and more people are talking about it, and more pressure is going to be put on governing bodies to do whatever they can,” said Hurst, who believes that training sessions that involve training sessions. – Repetitive heads present the greatest future risk to gamers.“The danger for me is the number of times you head the ball in practice and not in a game. Coming back, I would not be doing the practice. I would cut that tomorrow. No practice on the cape and we just play the game. No practice at all.

“In West Ham we had a balloon hanging from the roof. You would do this 15, 20, or 30 times in a span of 10 or 15 minutes. We played head tennis. On the grass, we trained at the nearby post cape for half an hour to 45 minutes. The practice is probably much more harmful than the game itself.

When asked if he would impose fixed restrictions, Hurst replied, “Yes, absolutely. And look at the children. Their brains are nowhere near as developed as that of adults. I don’t think stopping the head would hurt the quality of grassroots football for children. They could still play and enjoy so much without heading to [aged] 10 or whenever scientists think they shouldn’t be heading.

“The practice and the children are fundamental issues that could be dealt with very quickly and which I think would have an impact.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here