New study links heading footballs with brain injuries

New study links heading footballs with brain injuries New research carried out by the University of Stirling has identified ‘significant’ changes to the function of the brain following routine heading practice. The study is the first of its kind to identify direct changes after football players are exposed to routine, everyday head impacts, rather than more serious impacts that can lead to concussion and other clinical brain injuries. The findings come following concerns that football players’ brains are damaged due to repeated heading of the ball. The former West Brom striker Jeff Astle died at the age of 59 in 2002 and suffered from early onset dementia, which the coroner attributed to a career of heading footballs. The cause of death was subsequently given as industrial disease. Following a re-examination of Astle’s brain it was found he was suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Due to the nature of the condition, CTE can only be diagnosed after the death of the patient, and has been found in the brains of deceased American footballers, rugby players and boxers. A separate study by University College London, which involved post-mortem examinations on the brains of five professional footballers and one amateur who had…

How your social media use could affect your compensation claim

How your social media use could affect your compensation claim These days it feels like all of use social media to some extent, sharing our opinions, thoughts and events in text, photo or video form. Due to this everyday use of networks such as Facebook and Twitter, it’s easy to see how those who suffer an injury might share their experiences on social media. You must remember though, that what goes online stays online – and can be seen by people who are not necessarily part of your close circle of friends and family. We are seeing a growing trend of insurance companies using social media to help research, analyse and reject claims. Some insurance companies are even hiring social media and digital experts to scan through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc… to uncover posts and related information about Claimants. Of course, a lot of what we share is completely innocent – but it is worth bearing in mind that if you are going through the process of a claim then your social media use may be looked at. You may think that if you have nothing to hide then you shouldn’t worry, but the major worry for legitimate Claimant’s is…

Revealed: The Liverpool streets where you are most likely to get a parking ticket

Revealed: The Liverpool streets where you are most likely to get a parking ticket A new study has revealed the Liverpool city centre parking spots where motorists are most likely to get a parking ticket. The data was compiled following a Freedom of Information request submitted to Liverpool City Council, and found that Prescot Street is the place where most parking fines are issued. Since 2015 nearly 5,000 parking tickets have been issued on Prescot Street, which is near the Royal Hospital. Second in the list is William Brown Street, which has seen over 3,300 parking tickets given out since 2015. Victoria Street had 3,200 parking tickets issued in the same period, and Brunswick Street had over 3,100. Other Liverpool streets featuring in the list are Duke Street, Old Hall Street and Mount Pleasant car park. On the subject of parking in Liverpool, another recent study carried out by The Car People found that workers in Liverpool City Centre are paying out up to 15% of their weekly wages on car parking during the working week. The study analysed the prices of city centre car parks between 8.30am and 5.30pm and compared that against the average salary in the city,…