Women more at risk from heading ball
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.”