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It is unclear whether the cumulative burden of head trauma from repeatedly heading the ball causes any neuropsychological effect in the amateur footballer. Cognitive function was measured in 30 male amateur university football players and two referent groups of male university players of contact and non-contact sports. Neuropsychological tests of episodic memory, attention, working memory and mental agility, selected on the basis of sensitivity to mild head injury and to allow comparison with previous work, were applied. Combining typical ball heading frequency per match (assessed by observation and corroborative self report) and estimates of the amount of organised soccer played (assessed by self report) provided a cumulative football heading exposure index for each football player. Preliminary results of analyses to assess any neuropsychological consequences of football participation and any relationship between the cumulative burden of football heading and neuropsychological effect will be presented.
|Publication status||Published - 7 Sep 2000|
|Event||BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference - Essex, United Kingdom|
Duration: 6 Sep 2000 → 8 Sep 2000
|Conference||BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference|
|Period||6/09/00 → 8/09/00|
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