Alan Shearer documentary on links between dementia and football
Former England football captain, Alan Shearer, visited the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital to film his BBC One documentary on research linking football and dementia. The ex-Newcastle and Blackburn striker interviewed Dr Willie Stewart of the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology in a bid to find out if footballers are more at risk from suffering dementia in later life. After a tour around the lab, Mr Shearer and Dr Stewart discussed topics from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and concussion, to research priorities in sports traumatic brain injury (TBI) and outcomes for players. The BBC One documentary ‘Dementia: Football’s Silent Shame?’ will be aired on BBC One in late summer.
First published: 31 July 2017