Headers and memory loss

Soccer players who frequently use their heads score worse on memory tests

By Stephen Ornes, 12:45 PM June 20, 2013

Soccer players who head the ball may use their noggin to score. But frequently heading the ball may lead to worse scores off the field.

In a recent study, players who did lots of headers performed worse on a memory test than players who didn’t head the ball as often. The same study also found that players who frequently headed the ball had more changes to their brain’s white matter. This tissue includes nerve fibers and their protective, white coatings. The fibers carry signals throughout the ...

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