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New Research Puts Soccer on List of Sports that Can Cause TBI

Soccer is considered the world’s favorite sport and has many fans across the globe. It is played by more than 250 million people worldwide. Because it is not a collision sport, like American football or ice hockey, many regard soccer as being safe for players. However, new research has shown that soccer players can sustain traumatic brain injuries (or TBIs), which is a serious injury common among collision sport athletes.

TBIs occur when there is a jolt or a shake to the brain. A mild TBI is also known as a concussion. More serious TBIs can leave victims in a coma or with substantial impairment to brain function.

New studies have connected TBIs to soccer players – specifically, a soccer player could sustain a TBI by “heading” a soccer ball. Heading is a soccer move in which a player hits or bounces the ball off his or her head. Competitive soccer players head the ball six to 12 times each game on average at very high speed.

Research shows that heading causes instant and significant changes in the brain. In the experiment, researchers saw increased brain inhibition and a reduction in memory test performance.

Other athletes have filed claims after sustaining TBI-related injuries while playing sports. For example, a settlement involving professional football players was reached. These affected football players will receive $765 million from the National Football League to compensate them for their injuries and pay for medical treatment. According to the players the NFL, concealed the dangers of concussions and rushed players back to the field without allowing adequate time for recovery.

Hockey players have also sued the National Hockey League making similar allegations. This suit was filed after a hockey player died at age 35, and an autopsy found that he suffered a degenerative brain condition.

Given this precedent and the new research on TBIs and soccer heading, it may be possible that soccer players can be compensated for brain injuries. If you believe that you or a loved one has sustained a TBI from playing sports, you should have your case reviewed by an Atlanta brain injury lawyer to determine how your case should proceed. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Boling Rice LLC today or send us an email through our online contact form.
1https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/10/25/heading-a-soccer-ball-causes-instant-brain-changes-study-finds/
2https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161023154804.htm
3http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000235494/article/nfl-explayers-agree-to-765m-settlement-in-concussions-suit
4http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/09/sports/hockey/steve-montador-family-sues-nhl-over-head-injuries.html?_r=0

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