Recently, an article published by Scientific American™ explained
the danger of athletes heading soccer balls, stating this maneuver can
cause severe damage to a person’s brain.
Researchers believe heading a ball can cause neurodegenerative problems
such as loss of structure or function of neurons and even death of neurons.
Of course, this can be extremely damaging to a person since neurons are
cells that send messages to other nerve cells via chemicals and electrical signals.
Why Does This Happen?
When heading a soccer ball, the brain is briefly shaken. Science shows
that excessive shaking and force can cause subconcussive and concussive trauma.
After suffering this trauma, a person can sustain cognitive symptoms, including
- Memory problems
- Difficulty sleeping
Who Is at Risk?
Studies show that the injuries or cognitive symptoms that come as the result
of heading a ball can affect people of all ages. However, researchers
state that impacts to the head are much more dangerous for younger persons
for metabolic and structural reasons. As a result, scientists recommend
that children under the age of 14 refrain from heading soccer balls at
If a person recognizes cognitive symptoms after heading a soccer ball,
it is important they seek medical attention right away. While the symptoms
may seem minor, the overall effects may be dangerous to a person who does
not receive the proper care. Furthermore, coaches and soccer league officials
should be aware of these injuries and that they can occur due to such
maneuvers. If coaches or league officials notice that a player is acting
abnormally after heading a soccer ball, they should instruct the player
to receive medical attention immediately to avoid further injury.
Have You Sustained an Injury? Scarlett Law Group Can Help
If you have suffered an injury while playing a sport and were not provided
with adequate medical attention right away, we can help you pursue financial
compensation for any physical harms, emotional distresses, or lost wages
you may have acquired as a result. When you become our client, our San
Francisco personal injury lawyers will to treat you with the utmost compassion
and respect. We are passionate about working hard to deliver our clients
with positive outcomes.
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