Created: 02/11/2014 7:08 AM WHEC.com
There's a lot of attention focused on the dangers of concussions among youth and professional football players but a new study suggests the repetitive heading done by soccer players poses significant cognitive risks as well.
Canadian researchers found the practice of heading the ball can cause repeat concussions or sub-concussive head blows which don't cause any symptoms.
In fact, one study revealed that 62-percent of varsity soccer players had concussion symptoms during their careers but only 19-percent realized it.
Players who had suffered more blows to the head were more likely to perform poorly in tests measuring attention as well as verbal and visual memory.