Mar 9, 2019
Soccer playing seems to increase the risk of developing ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This is the conclusion of an Italian study that reviewed the medical records of all professional soccer players in the Italian leagues between 1959 and 2000. Players were followed for at least 16 years after their playing days ended.
The data showed that nearly twice as many soccer players as expected developed ALS, and nearly 5 times as many younger players 45 years or less fell ill. The average age at ALS diagnosis in the general population is just over 62 years but the average age at which soccer players developed the disease is age 40.
Since ALS development is associated with a history of head injury, soccer heading is the likely
culprit. Parents, please listen up! If your child is playing soccer at any age, insist that they not do any heading. Ask their coaches to enforce a strict no-heading rule.
Soccer is called football in Europe and for good reason. Ball handling should be restricted to the feet.
Your child’s brains are worth more than some grandstanding with fancy heading during a game. With accomplished foot-play, your team’s score may actually be higher.
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