Former rugby stars Shane Williams and Ben Kay are to join Alan Shearer in lending their weight to the fight against dementia.
Wales’ file strive-scorer Shane Williams and Rugby World Cup-winning England lock Ben Kay are amongst 50 elite ex-gamers to contain signed up for the Alzheimer’s Society-funded PREVENT:RFC project, which forms phase of the Sport United Against Dementia campaign.
Shane Williams played 87 Tests for Wales, scoring 58 tries. He also played four Tests and seven other suits for the British & Irish Lions, scoring eight tries.
In rugby, there was once mounting bother over links between the sport and brain injuries, with former England hooker Steve Thompson and ex-Wales international Alix Popham amongst a group of ex-gamers exploring acceptable motion for alleged negligence against the sport’s authorities.
Kay said: “It was once genuinely fundamental to me as a rugby player to take phase in this spy. There has been a host of media protection spherical this topic no longer too prolonged ago and consequently, I know a total lot gamers are panicked about their dementia risk.
“Optimistically, by doing this research now, we can obtain a greater understanding of this bother and obtain an staunch incompatibility for the prolonged rush.”
In addition, former England football captain Shearer, who introduced the BBC documentary, Alan Shearer: Dementia, Soccer and Me which investigated the link between the sport and brain injury, is one in every of those taking phase in an informal pilot spy, which is also funded by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Shearer said: “I’ve been following the sport and dementia dialog for years now – and there’s silent more I are looking to find out about the science behind the experiences in the news.
“I know the risk of dementia is something that worries many gamers, so work directed to understanding the earliest stage of dementia is incredibly fundamental, and this spy in rugby gamers will add to our understanding of that in sport.”