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Feb 11, 2014 6:43 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Repetitive heading in soccer has cognitive risks

There's a lot of attention focused on the dangers of concussions among youth and professional football players, but a new study suggests repetitive heading done by soccer players has significant cognitive risks too.

Canadian researchers found heading the ball can cause repeat concussions or sub-concussive head blows, which don't cause any symptoms.

One study revealed 62 percent of varsity soccer players had concussion symptoms during their careers, but only 19 percent realized it.

Players who suffered more blows to the head were more likely to perform poorly in tests measuring attention, as well as verbal and visual memory.

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