Female footballers may face a greater risk of Dementia, says, Experts. 61% of women are suffering from Dementia in the UK. Who would have thought t
Female footballers may face a greater risk of Dementia, says, Experts. 61% of women are suffering from Dementia in the UK.
Who would have thought that a famous football move that we all love to see our players do could lead to DEMENTIA?
Yes, that’s right. We are talking about “heading the ball” which is executed by the headers and how it can lead to many neurological and cognitive problems. Football and its link to many neurodegenerative diseases most commonly Alzheimer’s, has been a topic of contention for years now.
The concern first emerged during a study and research of veteran footballers’ brains with memory problems which concluded a colossal risk of dementia, specifically a form of it called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
What are the latest studies showing?
The more serious concern came out for football players in the latest study of dementia. University of Glasgow’s research proved to be bad news for retired male players as they are 5 times more likely to develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. To add insult to injury, female players are more in grave danger due to their physical and physiological differences.
Why does heading a ball lead to dementia?
It’s time to discuss the Elephant in the room, the big question everyone is asking. How does a simple move like heading lead to a fatal disease like Dementia?
Scientists at Scotland’s University conducted research that comprised cognitive tests in two parts. For the study, a man was made to head 500 gm ball-20 times. The results showed the slowing of the brain’s communication with muscles and impulses took longer to travel to the nerves.
British Columbia stated that “it happens because the blood levels of proteins associated with damage of nerve cells increase after heading the ball”.
Those who use heavier balls are prone to more fatal risks.
How will it affect the young players or those who play it casually?
To answer the first question, it will immensely affect young professional players. All the studies that have been conducted, are for the professional players only so it comes with a great deal for them only.
If we are talking about playing at an amateur level or casual level, it comes with less risk. More grave issues are head injuries rather than dementia. It should also be noted that dementia can’t be caused by a single factor like heading a ball. Also, there is evidence that suggests a silver lining for the potential football players that enough exercise and rest can reduce the risk of dementia.
Difficult to prove a link.
Although, it is now stated as a fact that heading causes dementia but it is found that numerous factors are guilty of causing it.
Alcohol, smoking, and an unhealthy lifestyle are some of the lethal factors that lead to dementia so it is wrong to assume that only physical trauma to the head does the damage.