Neuropsychological consequence of Soccer play in adolescent UK school team Soccer players

Richard Stephens, Andrew Rutherford, Douglas Potter, Gordon Fernie

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    Abstract

    To assess mild head injury effects in adolescent soccer players, neuropsychological performance across school team soccer players, rugby players and noncontact sport players was assessed in a quasi-experimental cross-sectional design. One hundred eighty-five males were tested (ages 13-16; response rate 55%) and 86 contributed data to the analyses after exclusion for recent concussion and overlapping sports participation. Soccer players showed lower premorbid intellectual functioning, but neither soccer players nor rugby players showed neuropsychological decrement compared with noncontact sport players. Cumulative heading did not predict neuropsychological performance. While no specific attribute of soccer was linked with neuropsychological impairment, head injury predicted reduced attention for all participants. (The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2010; 22:295-303)

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)295-303
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
    Volume22
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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