Originally Posted by WPBCowboysFan
Heading the ball isnt that big a part of the game. And if you head it properly you hardly even feel it.
The ball could injure the head for sure, but I doubt it plays any significant part in any injury numbers.
The soccer ball can hit the head with quite a bit of force. Even when hitting it properly, you can still feel it. Good technique protects the neck and spine much more than the head. In some cases such as shots, you don't have time to do much than just get in the way. Heading the ball is a big part of the game.
Study: Soccer Players Without Concussions Still Have Brain Changes
A small study of professional soccer players found that even those who have never experienced a concussion still have changes in the white matter of their brains, likely from routine and unprotected headers.
The brain‘s white matter is made up of nerves and their myelin protective coating (similar to the insulation that blankets electrical wire) that play a significant role in connecting brain regions and establishing neural networks that are critical to cognition. Previous studies have investigated how concussions lead to changes in this white matter, but a new study lead by Dr. Inga K. Koerte of Harvard Medical School in Boston, is one of the first to look at how even blows to the head that aren’t considered concussions may lead to traumatic brain injury.
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