Football’s Influence on Lifelong health and Dementia risk (FIELD)
Dr W Stewart
Dr D F Mackay
No more applications being accepted
Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
There are growing public anxieties over perceived increased risk of dementia in former professional footballers, however, robust data to inform on late neurodegenerative outcomes of participation in football is lacking. Importantly, insight into risk of neurodegenerative disease must be read in context of wider lifelong health outcomes to permit adequately informed discussions on the holistic public health implications of participation in football.
This programme of research is directed to studies interrogating a comprehensive database of former professional footballers and NHS Scotland’s unique electronic health records to investigate a wide range of physical and mental health outcomes, including neurodegenerative disease, in former footballers compared to appropriate age, sex and deprivation matched controls. The specific aims are:
Aim 1: Compare the incidence of neurodegenerative disease, including dementia, in former professional footballers to a matched general population comparison group.
Aim 2: Compare the incidence of chronic physical and mental health conditions in former professional footballers to a matched general population comparison group.
Aim 3: Compare all-cause and disease-specific mortality in former professional footballers to a matched general population comparison group.
Aim 4: Register former footballers for autopsy brain donation for diagnostic assessment at the time of death to inform on neurodegenerative pathologies in this population.
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3 year funded PhD studentship from the Football Association.
ESRC rate £14,553 (2017-18) with increments as appropriate see: