The Danger of Soccer in the Development of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

Soccer, MTBI, Brain Injury, Head Injury, Head TraumaHow Soccer changes your Brain

According to an article in Fox, repetitive heading of the soccer ball can lead to brain injuries. In the last decade there has been more concern surrounding concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries sustained by football players and military personnel. Though more and more studies indicate those injuries, which can have permanent damage on cognition and memory, may also affect soccer players.

MRI Research

Using an MRI, researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York showed that repeatedly heading a soccer ball led to the same adverse brain changes found in football players and military personnel with traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Lipton, the lead researcher in the study, reported that people who play soccer actively head a ball an average of five or six times during a competitive match, but during practice they head the ball up to 30 or more times.

“Specifically soccer heading entails numerous repetitions of mild impact to the head,” said Lipton, who is also the medical director of MRI at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. “My area is mild traumatic brain injury, so I look at how much does it take (to have a lasting effect).   Soccer players are repeatedly hitting their head, and we know that multiple head injuries tend to be worse than just one. The more heading people did, the more likely they were to have abnormalities of brain microstructure and worse cognitive performance,” Lipton said.

Symptoms of Post-concussion Syndrome

Some of the most common symptoms of MTBI and PCS include the following:

  • Cognitive problems (Inattention, memory loss, mental confusion, etc.)
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia/Sleep Disorders
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Anxiety/Depresson
  • Speech Problems
  • Neck and Back pain

Children and Soccer

Such injuries in children, due to heading a soccer ball, can lead to various adverse effects later on in life. That’s just another reason why it’s important that your child have their upper cervical vertebrae examined by an upper cervical chiropractor. They will examine your child’s neck for any misalignments and make any adjustments necessary so as to realign their upper cervical spine. This will allow their spine to move back into place and will reduce the risk of the development of post-concussion syndrome.


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2017-09-19T00:17:18+00:00November 9th, 2015|Concussion, Dizziness, Headaches, Migraine headaches, Migraine Headaches, Mild traumatic brain injury, Post concussion syndrome, Uncategorized, Whiplash|Comments Off on The Danger of Soccer in the Development of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries