July 30, 2012 |
LONDON -- What is it with soccer players and Twitter? Two days after Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. women's team, raised a row with a series of tweets lambasting TV analyst Brandi Chastain, Switzerland sent defender Michel Morganella home after he used social media to post a racist insult following his team's loss to South Korea on Sunday. "Michel Morganella gravely insulted and discriminated against the South Korean people and their football team with his highly offensive comments on Twitter," said Gian Gilli of the Swiss Olympic delegation.
June 11, 2013 |
Heading the ball is a key soccer skill, but a new study finds that players who headed the ball frequently were more likely to suffer brain injury and damage their memory than their fellow players who were a little less headstrong, so to speak. While sports like football (the American variety) and ice hockey garner most of the attention when it comes to concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI), soccer is an intense physical sport for which the head can be as important as the foot.
February 8, 2012 |
Female soccer players are prone to anterior cruciate ligament injuries of the knee, but a study has found that a specific 15-minute warm-up significantly reduced the risk of ACL injuries. The study, presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Francisco, focused on a group of 4,564 female Swedish players ages 12 to 17. Of those players, 2,479 were randomly assigned to do a 15-minute warm-up and 2,085 were part of a control group.
November 14, 2012 |
Soccer players who repeatedly strike the ball with their heads may be causing measurable damage to their brains, even if they never suffer a concussion, according to a study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Assn. By examining brain scans of a dozen professional soccer players from Germany, researchers found a pattern of damage that strongly resembled that of patients with mild traumatic brain injury, said Dr. Inga Katharina Koerte, a neuroradiologist at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, who led the study.
September 1, 2012 |
Sitting recently in a busy cafe on the outskirts of Birmingham, Britain's second-largest city, Jonathan Spector appears as English as the queen's corgis. He even has the touch of an accent, making him sound vaguely British. But when he orders espresso instead of tea, his cover is blown. "I'm still very much viewed as an American," Spector says with a shrug. Luckily for him, that's not quite the pejorative it used to be - at least not in English soccer circles, which is where Spector spends most of his time Once viewed as hardworking, if not particularly talented, players from a soccer backwater, Americans are now making a major impact in the English Premier League, considered by many to be the best league in the world.
May 28, 2012 |
You never forget the first time, Sydney Leroux says. In her case it came when she was just 13, after a bet with her mother over how many goals she would score in a national soccer tournament. For Shannon Boxx it happened in college - and it, too, came on a dare after she led Notre Dame to an NCAA soccer championship. Yet for both women their first and subsequent tattoos have become indelible markers of accomplishment on a road each hopes will lead to a gold medal in the London Olympics this summer.