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Brazilian Star Becomes First Professional Soccer Player Diagnosed With CTE

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Hilderaldo Bellini may not be a household name like his teammate Pelé, but soccer fans are likely to be familiar with the name. The Brazilian soccer star led the country’s team to win the 1958 World Cup and is memorialized in a statue at the entrance of the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. […]

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The World Cup Showcases Why FIFA Needs a New Concussion Policy

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This weekend the World Cup will come to an end as Germany and Argentina square off for the championship, but this year’s tournament has created its fair share of controversy that seems likely to hang over the sport moving forward. The biggest controversy likely to haunt FIFA when the World Cup springs back into action […]

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Are Soccer Headers Really Causing Brain Injuries?

Are Soccer Headers Really Causing Brain Injuries?

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Since the discovery that soccer is linked to high rates of brain injuries similar to those found in football and hockey players, the assumption has been that the brain damage was associated with the repeated “headers”, or a player using their head to direct the ball. This assumption isn’t entirely baseless, several researchers have shown […]

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Former UK Minister Urges World Cup Commentators To Not Celebrate Playing Through Brain Injuries

Former UK Minister Urges World Cup Commentators To Not Celebrate Playing Through Brain Injuries

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The increased awareness and criticism around how brain injuries are handled within sports is far from an American issue. Several countries around the world are reevaluating their favorite sports in hopes of protecting athletes brains, including rugby, hockey, and soccer. With the World Cup less than a week away, the pressure on soccer is beginning […]

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Pennsylvania School Bans Soccer Headers For Younger Players

Pennsylvania School Bans Soccer Headers For Younger Players

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The brain injury problem in sports largely focuses on concussions, but the recent research suggests that mild traumatic brain injuries like concussions aren’t the only cause of the long-term brain damage being found in many older athletes. It is quickly being found that so-called “sub-concussive hits” or repeated hits that do not cause clinically diagnosable […]

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More Proof Shows Repetitive Heading Causes Brain Changes

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Dr. Michael Lipton, associate director of Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, isn’t the first doctor to suggest that repeated “heading” of a soccer ball could be potentially dangerous to brain health, but he did lead the latest study to back up that theory. Heading is a common soccer move […]

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New Study Says Soccer Headers May Be Causing TBI

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Soccer has a concussion problem rivaling that of the NFL, but it is less publicized because American’s just don’t seem to care about soccer and sadly the fact that majority of TBI sufferers in the sport are female may be contributing to the low profile. Most likely, these incidents of traumatic brain injury aren’t coming […]

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Low Level Head Impacts Could Still Have Negative Effects

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A small study of soccer players suggests that repetitive hits to the head below the threshold for causing a traumatic brain injury may still result in changes to the brain’s white matter. Soccer players regularly hit the ball with their head to direct it, which is referred to as “heading the ball” or a “header.” […]

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