Can Heading a Soccer Ball Cause a Brain Injury?

Soccer Player Heading a Ball

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 the following:

  • Memory problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Light-headedness
  • Headaches

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 all times.

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.

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