- A new study finds that heading a soccer ball is much more dangerous for women than men.
- The white matter in women's brains exhibited five times more damage while performing the same number of headers as men.
Heading a ball is a basic skill in soccer, but now a new study finds that headers may be more dangerous for female players than males. Studying 49 female and 49 male amateur soccer players between the ages of 18 and 50 who performed the same average number of headers during the previous year, researchers found that white matter in the women's brains was five times more damaged than the men's. "Researchers and clinicians have long noticed that women fare worse following head injury than men, but some have said that's only because women are more willing to report symptoms," said study leader Michael Lipton, a professor of radiology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Based on our study...women do seem more likely than men to suffer brain trauma from heading soccer balls."
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