What Every Soccer Mom Should Know

Deals with the psychological impact of playing soccer. Percentage of soccer players who displayed moderately to severely impaired memory according to a research by Barry Jordan, director of the traumatic brain injury program at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital; Effect of playing soccer on players' planning skills.

By Camille Chatterjee, published on January 1, 2000 - last reviewed on January 23, 2015

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Soccer may be more violent than it seems: Research shows that
soccer players have worse memory and planning skills than other athletes
tested, thanks to the head blows the game involves.

Barry Jordan, M.D., gave neuropsychological exams to high-level
amateur soccer players, swimmers and runners. Disturbingly, 27% of soccer
players displayed moderately to severely impaired memory and 39% showed
similarly poor planning skills, compared to 7% and 13% of the other
athletes. Soccer players suffer an unusually high number of concussions,
says Jordan, director of the traumatic brain injury program at New York's
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, warning: "Kids should be well supervised
and instructed, especially if they're going to head-butt the
ball."