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Headers hit the brains of footballers

Can you imagine 22 bobbing skullcaps on a football ground? Well, if latest neuroscience research on the effect of all the head-banging that happens in the sport is anything to go by then the Messis of the world could be playing the beautiful game wearing head guards in not too distant a future, much like their counterparts in ice hockey and Olympic boxing. Reason: The repeated impact of ball and body on the head causes repeated concussion syndrome, or, in simple terms brain damage that can impair personality, cognitive and executive functions in the long term.

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