More brain than brawn in predicting soccer prowess

The best players perform better on standardised cognitive function tests that measure executive functions such as creativity and cognitive flexibility.

Researchers compared the results of executive function testing of 57 elite soccer players from the highest and lower divisions in Sweden with a general population group, and found that the higher division players scored best.

However, both groups of elite players scored much higher than the general population.

In a second, prospective part of the study, the investigator