Nobby Stiles passed away last month, following Jack Charlton, Martin Peters and Ray Wilson as heroes of the 1966 England World Cup who died after suffering from the same illness, while Jack Charlton’s brother , Sir Bobby Charlton, was also recently diagnosed with dementia.
Another England World Cup winner, Sir Geoff Hurst, spoke about how he believes children should be banned from directing the ball when playing football.
Lampard is in favor of stricter rules in youth football and believes a similar approach could be taken at the professional level, provided it is universally accepted and respected.
Reflecting on the issue during his press conference on Thursday, the Chelsea boss said: ‘The rules need to be tighter to make sure we don’t get younger children to take the lead if they don’t. do not need it. In the development game, it’s more. as possible.
“We have to start with youth football. As children develop, we can control training levels. Anything we can do to make things safer, we should.
“I think we can go up the pyramid. Already I’m certainly thinking about how we train here because of the seriousness of the problem.
“At the professional level, the small gains are huge and we have to make sure that we work according to the same guidelines and that we trust each other.
“At the moment, there are no guidelines. It has to be something that goes everywhere. “
Smith “concerned” about dementia in football
Aston Villa director and former defender Dean Smith, whose father Ron suffered from the disease for six years before passing away in May after contracting coronavirus, has revealed his concerns and said he will support the changes , though other research shows a correlation.
“I think that’s a question for a larger debate until we have all the science on the head of the ball,” Smith said.
“I was a defender and my game was to lead a football. Yes it is a problem. If the data comes out and shows a correlation. We would need to change something.
“I recently lost my dad to covid, but he also suffered from dementia and he wasn’t a footballer. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are unfortunately more prevalent in the world now, but I think if there is a correlation between a soccer head and dementia, we have to do it. Something.
“There are a lot of people who invest money and intelligence to find out if there is a correlation between head and dementia. The bullets were heavier back then. We are all saddened by the former players who are suffering from dementia at the moment. ”
Burnley manager Sean Dyche echoed Lampard’s point of view that changes are needed at the youth level and said he has long advocated for the use of softer balls for younger players.
“Having worked in the youth system at Watford, I have always been of the opinion that from an early age they should learn with sponge balls,” Dyche said.
“It’s a question of technique. When you direct the ball correctly and appropriately, you don’t get the same ripple effect.
“From a medical point of view, they will know at what age it becomes appropriate to start using a real soccer ball.
“The game is very different now, but if you look at the stats you still have to direct the ball at some point in goal kicks or turns. Unless they take it, but I don’t. I don’t think it would be a good show.
“No one wants anyone to have future problems and certainly not with the brain. “