According to MSNBC, college-age soccer players may show some degree of brain-tissue shrinkage, a small study has found adding to evidence that the sport carries a risk of long-term brain injury.
Some past studies have found that professional and even college-age soccer players are more likely to show problems with memory and attention than non-players.
Have you noticed this at all with your experience in the soccer community?
The article cites:
Among players in the current study, reduced gray matter was seen in a part of the brain called the anterior temporal cortex - which is consistent with effects from repeated knocks to the front of the head.
It's still a matter of debate, though, whether the ordinary knocks involved in "heading" the soccer ball raise the risk of brain injury.
Unfortunetly, a teammate of mine got knocked in the head last night by a shot on goal from really close range. The guy shot it as hard as he could and Pete took it square in the face. He took himself off the field and another teammate (who is an ER doc) checked him out. He had significant vision loss (couldn't make out number of fingers) and blood in the anterior chamber of his eye that made his iris red and raised his ocular pressure. His vision was still blurry today but he should be ok.