Soccer Players With More Headers More Likely To Have Concussions: Study

Posted: Feb 2 2017, 5:55am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Soccer Players With More Headers More Likely to Have Concussions: Study
Players whose heads were hit in a collision two or more times in a two-week period were six times more likely to have concussion symptoms than players who did not have any unintentional head trauma, such as a ball hitting the back of the head or a head colliding with another player's knee. Credit: Getty Images
 

Concussions’ symptoms appear in soccer players who head the ball frequently

Recent study shows that soccer players get concussions, because they head the ball. Players who head the ball get concussion symptoms 3 times more than those who don’t head the ball while playing. The study published in Neurology on the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology February 1, 2017.

Concussion symptoms appear when the player has head collision 2 to 3 times in a two week period. These symptoms are less in players whose has ball hitting at their heads back or head collides with knee of another player.

But, a recent study contradicted the old study and found that collisions cause head injuries or concussions, stated by study author Michael L. Lipton, MD, PhD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.  It means more study is required regarding the issue.

The study included young soccer players who participate in leagues or New York clubs and played for 6 months a year. The players were asked to complete an online questionnaire, like how much they played soccer in last two weeks, and how many times they headed the ball and had collisions. 

The research study had 4 groups to see how often they headed the ball. Out of 4 groups, the first two groups’ players headed the ball 125 times in two weeks, and last two groups’players headed the ball 4 times in two weeks.

Players were also asked if they had any concussion symptoms. Study found that moderate impact included little pain or dizziness, but in severe impacts, the players needed medical help. In very severe conditions the patient got unconscious. The research participants were asked to fill the questionnaire after very three months.

In total, 222 players completed 470 questionnaires of which 79 percent were men. The study found that, men had 44 headers in two weeks and women had 27 headers. Unintentional head impacts were 1 or 2 that was 37 percent in men and 43 percent in women.

Severe symptoms appeared in 20 percent of participants and only 7 players had very severe symptoms. Unintentional impacts had 3 times more symptoms than those with no unintentional impacts.

The study was limited, because all information was self-reported that could have errors, so more research is required.

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