Wayne Rooney endorses the idea of limiting the headline in training and insists, “You don’t want to lose your life so early for leading the ball too many times.”
- Wayne Rooney agrees that more needs to be done to protect players from dementia
- He says it makes sense to reduce the number of headings in training
- English would follow the US model of banning the heading in junior football
Wayne Rooney endorsed the idea of limiting the heading in training if that could extend the lives of current footballers.
England’s top scorer, who is currently jointly responsible for Championship Club Derby, believes that greater care should be taken to protect footballers from subsequent dementia.
Rooney said: “Too many footballers have died from this disease in recent years. It’s hard to see former players die so young and to know that football could have been a part of it is really sad.
Former English captain Wayne Rooney supported the idea of limiting training
“You are saddened by the families of these men who died from this disease. The more research that can be done, the better.
“Of course, something has to change to make sure this doesn’t happen to the next generation of players.” Of course, when you have young children it is normal for these things to pop into your mind. You don’t want to lose your life this early for leading the ball too many times.
“I’m sure people are researching why this is happening and trying to find the best solution, but if you don’t head the ball that often in training it means you’ll live an additional 10-15 years then is that the thing that makes the most sense to do it. ‘
Rooney agrees that greater care should be taken to protect footballers from developing dementia
Rooney would also endorse the U.S. model that bans the heading in junior football. While at DC United, his eldest son, 11-year-old Kai, adapted to these circumstances as he played the game.
The 35-year-old added: “They have been banned from broadcasting during training and games. I thought, “How could a ball get into a young child and nobody is leading it?” But nobody did.
“When the ball got to your head, they moved away from it and let it go through. Maybe this could happen regularly.”