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June 12, 2013
While the risks of Traumatic Brain Injuries to football players has received heavy attention recently, a new study has shown another type of athlete may be at serious risk of permanent damage from repeated blows to the head.
According to researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, repeated “heading” of a soccer ball may put players in danger of sustaining brain damage similar to the types of injuries football players suffer after multiple blows to the head.
According to an article from the Los Angeles Times, researchers interviewed 37 soccer players and took magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of their brains. The research team concluded that those who headed the ball most often scored lowest on neurological tests. These subjects also had the lowest measures for fractional anisotropy (FA), a measure that examines the health of the brain by counting the numbering of firing axons.
The research team also stated that a player could safely head the ball 885 to 1,550 times a year without experiencing any FA problems. Researchers suggested that players keep a running count of how often they head the ball in order to prevent any type of side effect.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy recognize the danger head injuries incurred while playing sports can pose to athletes. The firm is here to help anyone who has suffered a brain injury.
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