A new study has suggested that the risk of a footballer dying from head injuries is higher than previously thought.
The study, published in the journal Neurosurgery, analysed data from nearly 6,000 players who had sustained head injuries between the ages of 18 and 26.
A total of 4,634 players were tested.
The researchers found that the average age of players who died of head injuries was 29 years.
They found that those who had suffered the most were over the age of 45 and those aged 55 to 64.
This makes sense, given the fact that older people tend to be more likely to suffer a head injury than younger people, they said.
The findings were echoed by a study published in June that found that injuries to the head account for roughly half of all deaths in the UK.
“Our findings show that there are several factors that are associated with an increased risk of death from a head-related injury,” the researchers wrote.
But this is not the first time researchers have linked the age at which a player dies to the risk that they will die from a fatal injury.
In the UK, for example, more than half of the people who die of a fatal head injury in the first year of life are between the age 24 and 36.