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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