Heading a soccer ball is more dangerous for women

By Robert Preidt

health day reporter

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The heads of soccer balls pose a far greater threat to women’s brains than men’s, according to a new study.

The study focused on 49 female footballers and 49 amateur footballers, aged 18 to 50. They reported a similar number of rubrics compared to the previous year (an average of 487 rubrics for men and 469 for women).

Brain scans revealed that regions of damaged white matter in the brain were five times larger in women than in men.

“Researchers and clinicians have long noted that women fare worse after traumatic brain injury than men, but some have said that’s only because women are more willing to report symptoms,” he said. said Dr. Michael Lipton, head of the study.

“Based on our study, which measured objective changes in brain tissue rather than self-reported symptoms, women appear to be more likely than men to experience soccer ball head trauma,” Lipton said.

The results suggest gender-specific guidelines for football titles may be needed, the study authors said.

Lipton is professor of radiology and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Around 30 million women and girls play football worldwide, according to the International Federation of Association Football.

It’s unclear why women might be more susceptible to head injuries than men, but differences in neck strength, sex hormones or genetics could be factors, the researchers suggested.

The brain changes in the women in the study produced no noticeable symptoms, such as decreased thinking ability, but are still concerning, the researchers said.

“In various brain injuries, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) [a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma]subclinical pathology develops before we can detect brain damage that affects function,” Lipton explained.

“So before serious dysfunction occurs, it’s wise to identify risk factors for cumulative brain damage – such as leading if you’re female – so people can take action to prevent further damage. other damage and maximize recovery,” he said.

The study, published online July 31 in the journal Radiologyraises the question of whether football players should stop coaching altogether.

“We’ve conducted several studies showing that most players seem to tolerate some level of capping,” Lipton said in a press release.

“Rather than banning headers altogether – which is probably not realistic – we would like to have a better idea of ​​how many headers will cause players trouble,” he said. “What’s important about this study is that men and women may need to be looked at differently.”