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'Heading' a soccer ball could lead to brain injury
Radiological Society of North America ^ | November 29, 2011

Posted on 11/29/2011 5:04:07 AM PST by decimon

CHICAGO – Using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to study the effects of soccer 'heading,' researchers have found that players who head the ball with high frequency have brain abnormalities similar to those found in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. Results of their study were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Heading, in which players field the soccer ball with their head, is an essential part of the game and the focus of many training drills.

"Heading a soccer ball is not an impact of a magnitude that will lacerate nerve fibers in the brain," said Michael L. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. "But repetitive heading could set off a cascade of responses that can lead to degeneration of brain cells."

DTI, an advanced magnetic resonance (MR) technique, allows researchers to assess microscopic changes in the brain's white matter, which is composed of millions of nerve fibers called axons that act like communication cables connecting various regions of the brain. DTI produces a measurement, called fractional anisotropy (FA), of the movement of water molecules along axons. In healthy white matter, the direction of water movement is fairly uniform and measures high in FA. When water movement is more random, FA values decrease.

"Abnormally low FA within white matter has been associated with cognitive impairment in patients with TBI," Dr. Lipton said.

(Excerpt) Read more at eurekalert.org ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Sports
KEYWORDS: soccer
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1 posted on 11/29/2011 5:04:10 AM PST by decimon
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2 posted on 11/29/2011 5:10:26 AM PST by TSgt (BEAT OBAMA WITH A CAIN!)
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To: decimon
no wonder kids are getting softer and boys are turning into little girls. The sport has been played for well over 150 years around the world, it's the most watched sport in the world minus in N America and some idiots think kids need more protecting than they already have. Hell even adults or some of them think they have to now wear helmets to ride a bicycle, LOL, they wear their tights, bright tight tops and those awful looking wimpy helmets. What's next shoulder, knee and elbow pads.
3 posted on 11/29/2011 5:15:45 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: decimon

Maybe this explains part of socialist countries’ fascination with “futbal”....drain bramage!


4 posted on 11/29/2011 5:19:38 AM PST by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: manc
The sport has been played for well over 150 years around the world...

That doesn't mean it's a good idea to keep smacking your head.

5 posted on 11/29/2011 5:20:38 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Isn’t it special that all those libs have been causing brain damage to their kids playing the PC approved sport.

Pray for Cain


6 posted on 11/29/2011 5:23:31 AM PST by bray (The Tea Party Occupies their Mind)
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To: decimon

Getting smacked on the head leads to drain bamage? Who’d a thunk it?


7 posted on 11/29/2011 5:26:35 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: decimon

Rush Limbaugh ran ads on his radio show 10 years or more ago about this problem.


8 posted on 11/29/2011 5:32:13 AM PST by Renegade
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To: decimon

So, girls, when you play soccer, don’t head the ball.


9 posted on 11/29/2011 5:32:48 AM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: decimon

I have had two pretty severe concussions (within a short time of each other). I still have migraines as a result. I compensate for short term memory loss by writing everything down on a calendar and have gotten very good at hiding that part of my problem. I see a great neurologist and he told me NOT to enroll my children in soccer. Neurologists see more children as a result of participating in that game. The repetitive head trauma causes a lot of issues... some short term and others long term. I actually called him when my son wanted to go out for football and he was fine with it (padding, helmets, etc). My point is that brain trauma doesn’t always just “go away”. There is a much higher chance that I may develop Parkinsons later in life. I wouldn’t wish what I have dealt with on anyone. IMHO, it is too much a risk.


10 posted on 11/29/2011 5:38:03 AM PST by momtothree
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To: decimon
Kicking a soccer ball could also cause injury to the foot and ligaments in the leg...this must be stopped...

What about the children, this is a crisis, what is the government going to do about it?

11 posted on 11/29/2011 5:38:36 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: decimon
Soccer, the peaceful children's game where everybody wins and can feel good about themselves.


12 posted on 11/29/2011 5:45:38 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: PoloSec

“what is the government going to do ?”

Soccer balls will be taxed like cigarettes.


13 posted on 11/29/2011 5:46:53 AM PST by fruser1
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To: momtothree
I actually called him when my son wanted to go out for football and he was fine with it (padding, helmets, etc).

Don't let him do it. If he's started, I hope you get him to quit. Those pads and helmets aren't protection, they're weapons. I played the game for a while and would not let my boy do so.

14 posted on 11/29/2011 5:50:28 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Great picture.

Bruce Grobbelaar - what a character! Incredible saves with a nice helping of outrageous blunders all rolled up into one.

15 posted on 11/29/2011 5:52:04 AM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: decimon
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16 posted on 11/29/2011 6:03:00 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: safeasthebanks

He certainly does not fit the mold of a player of a sterile PC sport that both leftist fans and conservative critics hold. If they knew more about the game, there would be more conservative soccer fans and less liberal soccer fans.


17 posted on 11/29/2011 6:05:19 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: manc

It’s also the most BORING damn game in the world...


18 posted on 11/29/2011 6:07:38 AM PST by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: manc

It’s also the most BORING damn game in the world...


19 posted on 11/29/2011 6:07:52 AM PST by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: Renegade
Rush Limbaugh ran ads on his radio show 10 years or more ago about this problem.
I think it was mid 1990s and they were parodies.
The organization against soccer was called, "Keep Our Own Kids Safe" ... KOOKs!
20 posted on 11/29/2011 6:08:34 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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21 posted on 11/29/2011 6:09:06 AM PST by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: decimon
Rush Limbaugh ran a PSA on this years ago.
22 posted on 11/29/2011 6:11:51 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The very idea of a community organizer is to stir up a mob for some political purpose." Ann Coulter)
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To: RandallFlagg
Zidane showed the world a few years ago how soccer players can fight without violating the prohibition against using hands.


23 posted on 11/29/2011 6:14:25 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: fruser1
“what is the government going to do ?”

Soccer balls will be taxed like cigarettes.

Yes that's it, now I see, think of the possibilities, the gov’t could tax soccer balls, adding an additional saftety tax at the retail level, then the IRS could hire additional agents to be present at every practice and game to count how many times a ball is headed or kicked, whereby the sponsors of teams can be taxed accordingly, then the IRS agent would count the number of times an individual child handled the ball so the parents could be taxed, and so on.

All taxes collected would be used to support research into further development of soccer safety, any tax proceeds left over can be used to benefit children around the world who have had any soccer related injuries.

This is absolutely what gov’t can do and will do with the help of the ACLU, and other concerned so-called american groups.

24 posted on 11/29/2011 6:25:53 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

With few exceptions, most of the libs that profess to like soccer have never come close to actually playing the game (or any sport for that matter). They just became a fan because they think it shows how “worldly” they are. Most of them would pass out in the first 10 minutes if they sat in the crowd for an actual league game over in Europe.


25 posted on 11/29/2011 6:28:20 AM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: decimon

This study was paid for by, “Keep Our Own Kids Safe.”


26 posted on 11/29/2011 6:35:12 AM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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27 posted on 11/29/2011 6:37:24 AM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: gemoftheocean

Boring? Maybe, you shouldn’t watch it.

It is becoming quite popular though. Soccer now has passed the NBA and now has third place in average attendance.

http://aol.sportingnews.com/soccer/story/2011-11-07/mls-passes-nba-as-third-best-attended-american-sport


28 posted on 11/29/2011 6:38:58 AM PST by cowtowney
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To: decimon
Ditto-Heads have known this for at least 15 years.

Rush is always ahead of the curve.

Yes Rush, you told us so.

29 posted on 11/29/2011 6:39:50 AM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: decimon

I guess there’s finally a game Americans aren’t tough enough to play.

For any of you sissies who will howl at this statement, I invite you to come over and play. Bring your mommmies.


30 posted on 11/29/2011 6:41:42 AM PST by EscapedDutch ("Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money" - Lady Margaret Thatcher)
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Interviewer From the plastic arts we turn to football. Last night in the Stadium of Light, Jarrow, we witnessed the resuscitation of a great footballing tradition, when Jarrow United came of age, in a European sense, with an almost Proustian display of modern existentialist football. Virtually annihilating by midfield moral argument the now surely obsolescent catennachio defensive philosophy of Signor Alberto Fanffino. Bologna indeed were a side intellectually out argued by a Jarrow team thrusting and bursting with aggressive Kantian positivism and outstanding in this fine Jarrow team was my man of the match, the arch-thinker, free scheming, scarcely ever to be curbed, midfield cognoscento, Jimmy Buzzard.
Buzzard Good evening Brian.
Interviewer Jimmy, at least one ageing football commentator was gladdened last night by the sight of an English footballer breaking free of the limpid tentacles of packed Mediterranean defence.
Buzzard Good evening Brian.
Interviewer Were you surprised at the way the Italians ceded midfield dominance so early on in the game?
Buzzard Well Brian... I’m opening a boutique.
Interviewer This is of course symptomatic of a new breed of footballer as it is indeed symptomatic of your whole genre of player, is it not?
Buzzard Good evening Brian.
Interviewer What I’m getting at, Jimmy, is you seem to have discovered a new concept with a mode in which you dissected the Italian defence, last night.
Buzzard (pauses for thought) I hit the ball first time and there it was in the back of the net. (smiles and looks around)
Interviewer Do you think Jarrow will adopt a more defensive posture for the first leg of the next tie in Turkey?
Buzzard (confidently) I hit the ball first time and there it was in the back of the net.
Interviewer Yes, yes - but have you any plans for dealing with the free-scoring Turkish forwards?
Buzzard Well Brian... I’m opening a boutique.


31 posted on 11/29/2011 6:43:47 AM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: momtothree
I actually called him when my son wanted to go out for football and he was fine with it (padding, helmets, etc).

LOL--The reason your doc was OK with football is prolly because his brother-in-law is an orthopedist.

Anyway, on a more serious note, I said no to football. (My brother wrecked his knees playing.) Both sons played ice hockey instead. Grade school thru their senior year in HS. Fortunately, no injuries/ no trips to the ER or even the doc.

32 posted on 11/29/2011 6:53:43 AM PST by elli1
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To: decimon

head it right and it’s alright.


33 posted on 11/29/2011 6:55:43 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: gemoftheocean

in your view much like the two billion people who watch the sport would think the NFL is boring when you watch a play for 5 seconds and then wait 2 minutes for the next 5 sec play.

Of course everyone has their view on what sports they like.


34 posted on 11/29/2011 6:57:28 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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I believe watching soccer causes brain damage. On second thought...maybe you must have brain damage to want to watch soccer.


35 posted on 11/29/2011 7:00:01 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: safeasthebanks

my youngest aged 8 has been accepted into a pro clubs acadamy and there were the usual useful fool parents there and one said “ parents have no clue about this sport, what we need is more breaks for the kids”

I kid you not .

Most who hate a sport have never played that sport and lets me honest, America on the whole have no clue about soccer , the rules, the history, the traditions or how a club was formed over a hundred years ago.

When the world cup was on there was a group of us and most had never played it but started to get into the sport as America did alright.
Once we got knocked out those in the group then said this sport is stupid etc.


36 posted on 11/29/2011 7:03:52 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: gemoftheocean
It’s also the most BORING damn game in the world...

Ignorance award of the day. I say this as someone who would have said the same thing 10 years ago prior to mentoring a young boy who has a gift for the game. I grew to like it watching him play. I've grown to love it watching the better high school teams in the area. Especially state tournament time. You need to watch it live and close. The skills of some kids are amazing. And what a myth about players not being tough. Go watch a competitive varsity game. They are wars.
37 posted on 11/29/2011 7:06:01 AM PST by Mr. Fabtastic (Cain is rapidly gaining on Fred Gwynne as my favorite Herman.)
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To: EscapedDutch

agreed.
Maybe there isn’t enough breaks to have some hotdogs and burgers.

Imagine kids now having to wear helmets? It goes to show how some want their kids to be big sissy’s.

Like FIFA would ever allow helmets anyway. Maybe that is the problem . FIFA dictate the rules or decisions not that I like all the rules or Blatter but at least there isn’t one country deciding how the world should play a sport


38 posted on 11/29/2011 7:07:29 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: Mr. Fabtastic
It’s also the most BORING damn game in the world...

If you are referring to MLS games, I would agree...but EPL Matches are crackers.

39 posted on 11/29/2011 7:08:00 AM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: hal ogen

over 2 billion people must have it then YIKES.


40 posted on 11/29/2011 7:12:45 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: gemoftheocean
It’s also the most BORING damn game in the world...

My favorite saying, "Soccer, better than Ambien."

41 posted on 11/29/2011 7:24:20 AM PST by saminfl
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To: elli1

Believe me, we didn’t jump for joy or say yes immediately. However, he loves it. It has grounded him in a way. He is part of a team, he’s very good on the line, and the equipment/coaches are fantastic. That being said, during this off-season... he is seeing a trainer twice a week (and working out at the gym with specific goals set by the trainer). It is all to make him stronger, faster, and hopefully prevent any sort of injuries. That being said, I do close my eyes when he is on the field.


42 posted on 11/29/2011 7:27:00 AM PST by momtothree
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To: dfwgator

That wasn’t my comment. My comment is arguing AGAINST that statement and is printed below it. Here it is again:
Ignorance award of the day. I say this as someone who would have said the same thing 10 years ago prior to mentoring a young boy who has a gift for the game. I grew to like it watching him play. I’ve grown to love it watching the better high school teams in the area. Especially state tournament time. You need to watch it live and close. The skills of some kids are amazing. And what a myth about players not being tough. Go watch a competitive varsity game. They are wars.


43 posted on 11/29/2011 7:53:49 AM PST by Mr. Fabtastic (Cain is rapidly gaining on Fred Gwynne as my favorite Herman.)
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To: momtothree
Then you must of forgot how to head the ball correctly also your Doc said do not enroll your boys into soccer but it is alright to enroll them into football. I'd get a new Doc if I were you and is this Doc a woman? He or she is now saying football is more sissy than soccer. Boys, boys get dirty, they take bangs and knocks, boys are not supposed to be little girls. I've played soccer and pro Rugby plus boxing most of my life and I've got broken bones but you know what you get on with it The amount of mothers I see wrapping their little boys as if they were girls is pathetic, wearing helmets to have a bicycle ride etc. Is it any wonder why so many boys turn into homosexuals or pansies or cross dressing when their mothers raise them as girls. This is not directed at you BTW but I know I let my boys be boys. They have a fight so what, they get knocks so what, it';s part of getting hit and getting up, not crying on the floor waiting for mommy to pick them up and put a band aid on their boo boo
44 posted on 11/29/2011 7:59:18 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: decimon
Keep Our Own Kids Safe

Help KOOKS protect our children from the dangers of soccer!

45 posted on 11/29/2011 8:06:27 AM PST by Mr.Unique (Very generic, non-offensive, tagline.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Zidane showed the world a few years ago how soccer players can fight without violating the prohibition against using hands.

Zidane showed the world a few years ago how soccer players can fight like a passive agressive pansy.

Fixed it for you.

46 posted on 11/29/2011 8:12:58 AM PST by Mr.Unique (Very generic, non-offensive, tagline.)
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To: TSgt

lmao!! :D


47 posted on 11/29/2011 8:14:49 AM PST by Bikkuri
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To: decimon

PLAYING/WATCHING soccer causes brain injury :p


48 posted on 11/29/2011 8:16:14 AM PST by Bikkuri
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To: gemoftheocean

Golf is 1 step worse :p


49 posted on 11/29/2011 8:17:58 AM PST by Bikkuri
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To: decimon

I played soccer and I don’t have any problems with my.....oh.....what’s the word.....ahhhh......oh yeah, memory.


50 posted on 11/29/2011 8:32:10 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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