England legend Alan Shearer to get tested for dementia as part of BBC documentary


England legend Alan Shearer to get tested for dementia as part of BBC documentary

The England legend will be exploring the link between the sport and the illness for BBC One documentary, Dementia – Football’s Silent Shame.

And he admitted he was concerned after seeing fellow players get diagnosed with the condition.

The former Newcastle striker, who scored a whopping 46 goals with his head during his career, confessed he was could no longer ignore statistics which linked the illness and athletes.

"After seeing the movie Concussion, I was intrigued," he admitted.

England legend Alan Shearer to get tested for dementia as part of BBC documentary

"I was aware of former football players, legends who I grew up watching, suffering from dementia.

"Could this affect football and footballers too? The more I read about it, the more I felt this was a subject that could no longer be ignored."


The 46 year old will be meeting other players who have been diagnosed with the condition, as well as their families.

Viewers will also see the Match Of The Day star undergo a string of medical tests in a bid to find out what condition his body is really in.

England legend Alan Shearer to get tested for dementia as part of BBC documentary

Alan’s one-off documentary isn’t the only factual show the BBC are bringing to screens.

After the huge success of Planet Earth II, bosses have announced an eight-part series featuring Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.



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