Live

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Highlights on Off The Ball
Nobby Stiles dementia was caus...
Soccer

Nobby Stiles dementia was caused by heading the ball, a study finds

Thom Malone
Thom Malone

12:45 21 Dec 2020

The family of Nobby Stiles says they have been told by a neuropathologist that the World Cup winner's dementia was caused by heading the ball.

The Stiles family donated the former Manchester United player's brain to Dr. Willie Stewart’s FIELD study, which is examining links between the disease and the sport, following his death this year.

Dr. Stewart presented his findings of that research to the Stiles family on Friday, according to the Daily Mail.

His son, John Stiles, told the newspaper: “He told us that the damage to my dad’s brain was very severe and could only be explained by him heading the ball over the sustained period of his career. It confirmed what he had believed for a long time.

“My mother’s exact words when we suggested donating the brain were: ‘If it stops one person suffering the terrible torment of dementia that he went through, it’s worth doing’. It’s more concrete proof that heading the ball kills.”

Nobby Stiles brain study findings

Dr Stewart said in the Mail: “CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy – is a progressive degenerative disease only found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma.

“With Nobby Stiles, the CTE was widespread throughout and at a high stage. He presented a story that was entirely typical of someone with CTE. All of the pathologies you would expect to see were there.”

Dr. Stewart's study found that ex-players are three and a half times more likely to die of a neurodegenerative disease than the general public.

Stiles is one of five players from the England 1966 team who have died with or suffered from dementia.

Several players have expressed their fears and reservations about the link between heading the ball and their future health on OTB including Damien Delaney, John Giles, Kevin Doyle and Tony Cascarino.


Read more about

Bobby Charlton Concussion Cte Dementia In Football Jack Charlton John Giles Nobby Stiles

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

Up next

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

08:00 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on