Women more at risk from soccer 'headers'

Female soccer players may be more at risk of brain injury from ‘heading’ the ball than men, research suggests.

Deflecting a ball with the head in soccer has been considered to involve sub-concussive impacts, although repeatedly performing the move over time has been associated with cognitive decline and behaviour changes.

A new US study shows the impact on white brain matter could vary significantly by sex.

A team of radiologists used diffusion tensor imaging to assess microscopic changes in the white brain matter of 98 amateur soccer