Mild head injuries suffered in football and soccer games aren’t good for your mental abilities. Two recent studies indicate impaired mental function among amateur players. In the first study, mental speed, attention span, memory, verbal fluency and visual perception were below par for 39 per cent of soccer players compared to 13 per cent of runners and swimmers. Memory was impaired for 27 per cent of the soccer players compared to seven per cent of other athletes.
The second study showed college football players who had suffered concussions performed noticeably worse the next day.
Nearly 63,000 cases of mild brain injury are recorded each year among high school athletes in the United States. Over 60 per cent of these cases involve football. Brain injury cases related to sports and recreation amount to 300,000 each year, mostly affecting persons aged 15 to 24.