Collaborational project on “Effects of heading” for elite football players launched

In cooperation with the University of Paderborn (Prof Dr. Dr. Claus
Reinsberger), the Medical School Hamburg (Prof Dr. Astrid Junge) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders of the University and University Hospital Zurich (Prof. Dr. Dominik Straumann), the SCC is participating at a project funded by the German Federal Institute for Sports Science (BISP) entitled “Effects of heading in football on structure and function of the brain”.

On the 29th and 30th August, the first data collection took place at the Hamburger Sport Verein (HSV). Under the lead of Professor Astrid Junge Alessandra Ventura, Urs Scheifele and Dr Andrea Di Giacopo, together with the team of the Medical School Hamburg, conducted neurological and neurocognitive examinations, as well as a balance test and examination of eye movements on the HSV players. In addition, an MRI of the brain will be conducted.

The findings of these examinations serve as baseline values and will be compared with the findings in the same examinations in two years. In the period between baseline and follow-up examinations, the number of headers played during each training session and match will be captured using video recording. Data will be evaluated centrally.

If you have any questions concerning the project, please contact Dr Nina Feddermann (Nina.Feddermann@swissconcussion.com).

Alexander-Otto-Akademie

SCC and MSH Team

SCC and MSH Team

Team and players at work

Team and players at work