Shanghai SIPG’s Cai Huikang heads the ball during a game. New research suggests soccer players are giving themselves brain damage when they head the ball. Photo: AFP

Heading in football damages nerve cells in the brain, according to a new study by Canadian neuroscientist

  • University of British Columbia study shows blood levels of proteins associated with damage to nerve cells increase after heading the ball
  • The US Soccer Federation recently banned heading for children 10 and under
Topic |   Fifa

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Shanghai SIPG’s Cai Huikang heads the ball during a game. New research suggests soccer players are giving themselves brain damage when they head the ball. Photo: AFP
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