Soccer: Heading the ball linked to concussion symptoms
Whether in practice games or competition, soccer players who frequently head the ball are three times more likely to have concussion symptoms than players who don't rack up high numbers of headers, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology. When a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a hit to the body causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth, this can lead to concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury. The brain bouncing or twisting in the skull creates chemical changes in the brain and sometimes damages cells, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.