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CTE & Soccer – New Stories Out

For those of you who read this blog, you know that I post as much information as I can find about the effects of repetitive heading and brain injuries in soccer players.  Yesterday, a story broke about a recently deceased soccer player confirmed with CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).  He died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at age 29.  He played soccer all of his life and continued his play in college then in the Professional Development League (PDL).  Here are a couple of stories about it:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/soccer-player-diagnosed-cte-brings-sports-risks/story?id=22697477

http://www.cbssports.com/general/eye-on-sports/24457911/doctors-find-first-case-of-cte-in-deceased-former-soccer-player

http://www.medicaldaily.com/first-soccer-player-diagnosed-cte-headers-are-lone-physical-danger-non-violent-sport-270342

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2569927/Degenerative-brain-disease-time-semi-pro-soccer-player-died-age-29-ASL.html

The main point that is made is that soccer is a game where there is repeated trauma to the head.  The first article noted practice as the main culprit because of the repetition there.  Interestingly, in Italy, they had already concluded a study stating soccer players were more likely to develop ALS than populace in general.  (See first article).