Playing Soccer Can Cause Brain Abnormalities


By Molly Clifton

A new study finds soccer players who frequently "head" the ball perform poorly on memory tests and have brain abnormalities similar to those found in traumatic brain injury patients.

Researchers say soccer players head the ball on average six to12 times per game and up to 30 times during practice drills.

The study found players who headed the ball about 900 times a year or more, had brain scans that were similar to patients with concussions.


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