It’s exciting to watch Cristiano Ronaldo or Zinedine Zidane head a soccer ball for that game-winning moment- but there is a dark side to heading soccer balls that researchers are now discovering.
A recent study from the Scotland has found that heading a soccer ball even one time can damage the brain. The researchers in the study used both electromagnetic stimulation and cognitive tests to measure differences in brain activation and function after heading soccer balls. After a single incidence, electromagnetic differences were observed and memory test performance was worsened by 41 to 67%.
The effects of the heading faded after 24 hours, but the researchers caution that the effects may be cumulative. They plan further studies to determine the lasting effects of the temporary heading damage.
For more details, you can access the study abstract from EBioMedicine.