A small study of soccer players and the potential for brain injury has indicated that the potential exists for players who “head the ball” over 1400 times a year. Now that sounds like a lot, but when you consider the training drills which rely on repetition it’s actually quite easy to reach that number in training, let alone active play. The study through Albert Einstein demonstrates the need to expand the study to a larger group. It also has identified the need for soccer coaches and players to look to alternatives to “heading” and reduce the “heading drills” during training.
With the NFL lawsuit in the news, the soccer study points to the fact that other sports can also pose a risk of brain injury for players and the need to improve safety, the vigilance of coaches and, in some cases, better equipment.
Click here to read about the soccer study.