PFA CEO Maheta Molango and President John Mousinho have pledged to donate their brains as part of a new initiative supported by the Jeff Astle Foundation.
The partnership with the Concussion Legacy Foundation UK will study Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and other consequences of traumatic brain injuries in athletes and military veterans in the UK.
Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson on Thursday became the first athlete to join the Concussion Legacy Project’s “brain bank”, having previously confirmed a diagnosis of early-onset dementia and disorders. memory, including the 2003 final between England and Australia.
Molango, who has played professional football in England with Brighton, Lincoln and Oldham, said: “While very keen to take immediate action to protect current players, in the long term the research being carried out is vital to enable us to answer more questions and support the best members.
“We have listened and collaborated with leading academic experts, and they tell us that brain donation is a key piece of the puzzle for understanding CTE.
“We are delighted to join a global network of the most eminent researchers in this field.”
Oxford United midfielder Mousinho took office with PFA in May and continues to play for the League One team he has represented since 2017 in a professional career spanning nearly 16 years. .
“Brain donation is an intensely personal decision for former players and their families,” he added.
“However, I was inspired by the team at the Concussion Legacy Foundation and the Jeff Astle Foundation, and decided to dedicate my brain to future research in the hope that it might help protect generations. futures.
“The Concussion Legacy Foundation has a strong ethic of supporting families and all those affected by brain injury, and these are values we share at PFA.”
Dawn Astle, who has campaigned for two decades for football authorities to publicly recognize a link between repeated soccer title and dementia later in life, has fully supported the new concussion initiative cerebral.
Speaking on behalf of the Jeff Astle Foundation, the daughter of the former England striker said: “The gift of the brain is the most precious gift of all for future generations of footballers. It may take many years to come. before this puzzle is complete, but adding each piece one at a time is the only way to understand the real picture and build a better future for others.
“The Jeff Astle Foundation encourages families of athletes and veterans to donate their loved one’s brains to the Concussion Legacy Project at PledgeMyBrain.org.”