By Ben Dinnery

30th Jun, 2022 | 12:29pm

Expert issues 'massive' Wolves lawsuit claim as Raul Jimenez case analysed

Head injuries like the one suffered by Wolves striker Raul Jimenez two years ago could spark a “massive” lawsuit within football in the next 12 to 18 months.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Jimenez, 31, suffered severe head trauma after a clash with Arsenal’s David Luiz in November 2020.

The FA and Uefa have since rolled out their own directives and guidance with regards to repeated heading in training.

But, as relayed by the Daily Mail on Sunday (26 June), analysts have slammed FIFA for failing to act decisively on the issue.

Dinnery, however, claims that the real issue lies with head-on-head collisions like the one suffered by Jimenez rather than head-to-ball incidents.

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He cited two lawsuits in the NFL and Rugby Union to illustrate his point.

“Maybe there is a narrative being pushed here that heading is part of the problem,” Dinnery told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“But heading tends to be linear impact and only accounts for around 13 per cent of concussions, head injury or brain trauma. The majority of other head injuries come from things like head to head, head to post or head to knee.

“There is a lot more going on with these brain trauma injuries than heading the ball. Incidentally, when we talk about linear forces that isn’t so much of a major issue. The ones that are problematic are when there are rotational forces.

“They don’t necessarily cause concussive injuries but they can cause sub-concussive injuries that go undetected. Those are the ones which cause the most issues with regard to dementia or CTE.

“Those are the brain injuries that were linked with the NFL concussion lawsuit and the collective Rugby Union lawsuit as well. The concern for several years is that this is a massive issue that is bubbling under the surface.

“In football, you just wonder what is going to be the trigger for the authorities to take some real action. Maybe that will come after this rugby lawsuit.

“This could be a real hot potato over the next 12 or 18 months. You just hope there is no high-profile example that brings everything to fruition.”

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