KUSA - When it comes to sports you have to keep your head in the game.
But for soccer players it's more than just outsmarting their opponents - they literally use their heads.
Something experts worry will lead to memory and impulse problems.
While some scientists are looking into the issue in a lab, a group of Texas scientists have developed an app.
UT Health neuroscientist Anne Serno led the IPad-based experiment to test the impact of "ball heading" among girl varsity soccer players.
Sereno tested teen girls right after soccer practice then compared them to girls in non-contact sports.
Small, but significant changes, consistent with mild traumatic brain injury, were found.
Sereno hopes the iPad app will be further developed for use as a tool in the field in emergency rooms even at home.
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