Study Reveals Port Charlotte Soccer Players May Be at Risk for Brain Injuries

by Carmen Dellutri on December 5, 2012

sports injury lawyer Cape CoralAwareness about the risk of brain injury in football players is growing, but a new study suggests that soccer players may also be cause serious injuries. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that repeatedly striking the ball with the head may cause brain injuries over time.

Researchers examined the brain scans of a dozen German professional soccer players and found evidence of mild traumatic brain injury, according to Dr. Inga Katharina Koerte, a neuroradiologist at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, who led the study. The researchers examined 11 professional swimmers as controls and their brains showed significantly less damage.

As the Baltimore Sun reports, the results are preliminary and researchers have not concluded that “heading” is to blame for the brain injuries. "The origin of these results is not clear," said senior study author Martha Shenton, a neuroscience researcher at the VA Boston Healthcare System. A number of additional factors, such as falling to the ground, hitting goal posts, or colliding with into other players, could also contribute, she said

Nonetheless, the findings are a reminder that head injuries can occur in a variety of sports. Parents, athletes, and coaches should be aware of the risks and know what to do if a suspected head injury occurs.

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