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Heading soccer balls can cause head injuries

By Deborah Kotz
Globe Staff / December 5, 2011
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Repeatedly heading soccer balls leads to subtle brain injuries that can result in memory loss and learning difficulties, according to a small preliminary study, released last week, of 32 amateur adult soccer players. Should there be an outright ban on heading balls in school soccer leagues? “We’re not saying that at all,’’ said study co-author Dr. Michael Lipton, a radiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “But we do need more research to determine what the safe threshold is, especially in kids.’’

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