Small Study: Soccer Players May Show Signs Of Mild TBI.

The Los Angeles Times (11/14, Morin) reports, “Soccer players who repeatedly strike the ball with their heads may be causing measurable damage to their brains, even if they never suffer a concussion, according to a” research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “By examining brain scans of a dozen professional soccer players from Germany, researchers found a pattern of damage that strongly resembled that of patients with mild traumatic brain injury [TBI].”

HealthDay (11/14, Gordon) reports that the study’s senior author “noted that the researchers don’t know what caused the changes in the white matter of the soccer players, only that there were changes. ‘It could be from heading the ball, or due to impact of hitting other players or from sudden acceleration,’ she said.”

MedPage Today (11/14, Neale) reports, “As an alternate explanation,” the study authors “noted that ‘soccer players showed increased axial diffusivity in the absence of increased radial diffusivity limited to the corpus callosum, possibly resulting from specialized training or neuroinflammation.'”

Related Links:

— “Soccer players may injure brains when ‘heading’ ball, study says,”Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2012.

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