Hardmen and headers – football in the news

An historic moment in football may have passed many by when, on 26 September, Spennymoor Town hosted Team Solon in a match where heading of the ball was restricted in the first half, and banned outright in the second half. Did it make a difference to the spectacle on offer? You would have to ask the 300 or so spectators, but I suspect not.

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Concussion in sport: experts discuss science, spending and state intervention with MPs

The Digital Media Culture and Sports Select Committee (DMCSSC) opened its inquiry into “concussion in sport” in a hybrid meeting on 9 March, hearing from clinical experts and interested charities. In an informed discussion, topics of medical causation, informed choice, funding of research and state intervention in personal freedoms were considered and are touched on in the body of this piece. For those unable to watch the hearing live, the recording can be accessed here.

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