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S5W-07245: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met the SFA and other football organisations to discuss the link between footballers who repeatedly head the ball and developing dementia, and what measures to (a) address this and (b) provide support were discussed.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 8 March 2017

The Scottish Government and the Scottish FA are in regular contact to discuss a range of issues. This has included discussion on the issue of potential links between heading a football and dementia. We take these issues very seriously, and will work with partners on the developing research, including the study recently commissioned by UEFA, the Governing Body for football in Europe, and the summit meeting proposed by Alzheimer Scotland.