BY ERIC NIILER
Real Madrid’s superstar English player David Beckham heads the ball during a game at Sport city in Madrid, Spain, in 2003.
A new study of long-time adult soccer players has found changes in the brain similar to traumatic brain injury as a result of repeated “headers” of the ball. The study also found an association between players who had repeatedly headed, and slight memory loss.
“What we are seeing are the effects of lifetime exposure of adults in their late 20s, 30s and early 40s who have been playing since they were kids,” said Michael Lipton, associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and medical director of MRI at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.
“Soccer is more of a contact sport than is appreciated.”