Heading a football may lead to brain damage, reveals US study

Researchers said the more hours spent playing football led to slower responses and this was a greater factor than merely the number of playing years.

updated: February 28, 2013 13:24 IST
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London: Heading the ball may increase the risk of brain damage to football players, new research has indicated.

The US study, which concentrated on schoolgirl footballers, revealed evidence of mental impairment cause by repeatedly heading the ball, with scientists saying the effects suggest "mild traumatic brain injury of the frontal lobes".

However, they stressed more research was required to determine whether the changes were permanent or temporary.

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