Women more at risk from head­ing ball

Irish Daily Mirror - - SQUARE EYES -

Fe­male player WOMEN are more vul­ner­a­ble to brain dam­age from head­ing the ball than men, re­search sug­gests.

Brain imag­ing scans showed head­ing af­fected ax­ons, which carry elec­tronic sig­nals be­tween neu­rons, and ap­pears to tem­po­rar­ily harm them.

Higher lev­els of head­ing were linked to lower “ax­onal in­tegrity” in three brain re­gions for men and eight re­gions for women.

Lead au­thor Todd Ru­bin of Al­bert Ein­stein Col­lege of Medicine in New York, said: “Women may be more vul­ner­a­ble to the ef­fects than men.”


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