Male footballers 60% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s

Goalkeepers are safe from the raised risks, unlike their outfield teammates, findings show
Heading a soccer ball

Elite male soccer players are 60% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias compared with the general population, a study shows.  

But goalkeepers do not face the same risk as their outfield teammates, probably because they rarely head the ball, the authors say.