Headers linked to memory deficit in soccer players

Headers linked to memory deficit in soccer players

Abnormalities in three brain regions found among those who head the ball most frequently

By Nathan Seppa, 12:49 PM June 12, 2013

Soccer players who hit the ball with their head a lot don’t score as well on a memory test as players who head the ball less often, a new study finds. Frequent headers are also associated with abnormalities in the white matter of the brain, researchers report June 11 in Radiology.

“These changes are subtle,” says Inga Koerte, a radiologist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “But you don’t need a concussive trauma to get changes in the microstructure of you...

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