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By On June 20th, 2014

Are Soccer Headers Really Causing Brain Injuries?

Since the discovery that soccer is linked to high rates of brain injuries similar to those found in football and hockey players, the assumption has been that the brain damage was associated with the repeated “headers”, or a player using their head to direct the ball. This assumption isn’t entirely baseless, several researchers have shown…

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By On June 9th, 2014

Former UK Minister Urges World Cup Commentators To Not Celebrate Playing Through Brain Injuries

The increased awareness and criticism around how brain injuries are handled within sports is far from an American issue. Several countries around the world are reevaluating their favorite sports in hopes of protecting athletes brains, including rugby, hockey, and soccer. With the World Cup less than a week away, the pressure on soccer is beginning…

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By On June 6th, 2014

Pennsylvania School Bans Soccer Headers For Younger Players

The brain injury problem in sports largely focuses on concussions, but the recent research suggests that mild traumatic brain injuries like concussions aren’t the only cause of the long-term brain damage being found in many older athletes. It is quickly being found that so-called “sub-concussive hits” or repeated hits that do not cause clinically diagnosable…

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By On June 11th, 2013

More Proof Shows Repetitive Heading Causes Brain Changes

Dr. Michael Lipton, associate director of Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, isn’t the first doctor to suggest that repeated “heading” of a soccer ball could be potentially dangerous to brain health, but he did lead the latest study to back up that theory. Heading is a common soccer move…

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By On February 28th, 2013

New Study Says Soccer Headers May Be Causing TBI

Soccer has a concussion problem rivaling that of the NFL, but it is less publicized because American’s just don’t seem to care about soccer and sadly the fact that majority of TBI sufferers in the sport are female may be contributing to the low profile. Most likely, these incidents of traumatic brain injury aren’t coming…

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By On November 22nd, 2012

Low Level Head Impacts Could Still Have Negative Effects

A small study of soccer players suggests that repetitive hits to the head below the threshold for causing a traumatic brain injury may still result in changes to the brain’s white matter. Soccer players regularly hit the ball with their head to direct it, which is referred to as “heading the ball” or a “header.”…

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