Headers in Soccer Cause More Brain Damage in Women Than Men, New Study Says

Research by Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., finds that soccer heading caused five times more brain damage in women than in men and that female players had eight brain regions where injuries were detected compared to three regions in males. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology at Einstein and director of MRI Services at Montefiore.

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Calls for Football Authorities to Restrict Children Heading Ball Ramped Up After Latest Findings

Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., explains that soccer heading—not unintentional head impacts from collisions—causes more cognitive impairment than unintentional collisions.  Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein, and director of MRI Services at Montefiore.

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Heading a Soccer Ball May Hurt Women's Brains More Than Men's

Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., describes his research that found women sustain more severe brain injury than men from soccer ball heading. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and director of MRI Services at Montefiore.


Brain Trauma Scientists Turn Their Attention to Soccer

Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., discusses his research on the effect of heading in soccer on the brain. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Einstein, and director of MRI Services at Montefiore.


NPR interviews Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., on his research that finds frequent soccer ball heading is a common and under-recognized cause of concussion symptoms. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and director of MRI Services at Montefiore Health System.

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SciTechNow interviews Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., about the use of advanced imaging techniques in concussion research. Dr. Lipton explains how diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures the diffusion of water in the brain, allowing researchers to assess a potential injury. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center.


WDDE (Delaware NPR) interviews Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., about the impact of heading in soccer on the brain. Dr. Lipton is collaborating with a researcher who is working with the University of Delaware women’s soccer team. The players wear a special device that measures the number, type and force of soccer balls to the head and Dr. Lipton images the players’ brains to determine what, if any, damage occurs over time. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center.


The Chicago Tribune interviews Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., on research investigating the impact of “heading” in soccer on the brain. Dr. Lipton, whose findings are described in the article, suggests that it is still unclear what the real-world implications of heading on the brain function of players. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center.


Capital New York features research by Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., that examines the impact of repeated blast exposures on the brains of veterans. Dr. Lipton notes that more exposures result in increased abnormalities and worse symptoms. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center.


The New Yorker reports on the growing concern about concussions in soccer. Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., discusses his research on head injury in amateur players from heading. Dr. Lipton’s studies have found that repeated, deliberate sub-concussive hits from heading damages the brains of players and leads to cognitive and memory problems. Dr. Lipton is associate professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center.


CBSNews.com interviews Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., about the FDA consumer alert for dietary supplements that falsely claim to prevent or cure concussions. Dr. Lipton notes that such claims may lead people to be less careful than they should and that the best way to prevent a concussion is to not have a head injury. Dr. Lipton is associate professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center.


New York Times' "Room for Debate,” on online op-ed section, included a contribution from Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., on a new campaign to limit heading by youth soccer players. The discussion was sparked by a campaign launched by former Women’s U.S. National Soccer Team players who recommend heading be banned until players reach high school. The New York Times coverage on the campaign cited Dr. Lipton’s research on the impact of heading on amateur soccer players. Dr. Lipton is associate professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center.


The Boston Globe highlights research by Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., on the long-term impact of repetitive heading in soccer on the brain. Dr. Lipton explains that with lower levels of heading, the brain may be able to repair itself in most players. However, there appears to be a tipping point—approximately 1,800 headers per year—where trauma results in long-term problems, such as memory loss. Dr. Lipton is associate professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center.


The Economist cites research led by Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., that found those who frequently headed the ball in soccer had brain abnormalities similar to those found in patients with concussions. Dr. Lipton is associate professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center.


The New York Times quotes Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., about his research on the impact of heading on soccer players. The article focuses on the first conclusive case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.) in a soccer player. Former New Mexico player, Patrick Grange, 29, died last April of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Dr. Lipton is associate professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center.

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