Alan Shearer’s dementia warning ahead of Test match no-hitter

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Shearer, whose former coaches Chris Nicholl and Terry McDermott are among hundreds of ex-professionals diagnosed with dementia, presented a BBC investigation into the condition and pledged to donate his brain to the Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group when he dies .

Experts in Glasgow have found chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a type of dementia linked to head impacts – in a disproportionate number of former athletes, including former England players Nobby Stiles and Jeff Astle.

Shearer is also calling on the football authorities to introduce temporary rather than permanent concession fees so that doctors have more time to fully assess players after a head injury in the same way as the minimum 10-minute head injury assessment in rugby.

“Hopefully it’s just a matter of time before that comes,” he said.

Judith Gates, co-founder of the organization Head for Change, together with her husband Bill Gates, also decided to donate his brain. Gates, a former Middlebrough player, retired aged 30 after suffering persistent migraines and now lives with dementia. CTE can only be diagnosed at autopsy, and it has also been found in many former American football players.

Sunday’s charity match follows a successful ‘no-hit’ trial match last September and will once again take place at National League North club Spennymoor Town FC. Tony Mowbray will start the match, and Dr. Willie Stewart, the neuropathologist from Glasgow who proved the link between football and dementia. Former players will include Robbie Stockdale, Curtis Fleming, Colin Cooper, Tommy Butler, Darren Holloway and Tony McMahon, as well as former rugby players Alix Popham, Dan Scarborough and Stevie Ward.

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