Is it harmful head off?

Written by: Dr. Carlos Ruiz-Ocaña Montalvo
Edited by: Top Doctors®

There is currently a debate that questions whether head off is harmful to health or. The doctor. Ruiz Ocana, specialist in Neurosurgery , belies this claim.


Top with the head is not harmful for several reasons:

  • head shot Statistics. Given that football is one of the most popular sports in the world and hit the ball with the head is one of the most frequent actions, there is no news that a player has sustained a head injury during a football game, as it could be an intracranial hematoma or cerebral contusion.
  • Scientific. No items to support the theory that finish with the head is harmful.
  • Clinics. No clinical cases of dementia, Alzheimer's or other cognitive impairment in old football players.
  • Mechanical. Top with the head is a purely mechanical blow from a hard object -the skull against a soft object or semi-the ball.

We can not forget that the brain is protected both by the bones that form the skull and the cerebrospinal fluid in which it is immersed. This allows absorb shock. This can be illustrated with a bucket full of water in which there is an apple floating. The hub would be the skull, brain apple and water the cerebrospinal fluid. It is difficult for sudden movements or shocks cube get the apple (which would be the brain) from hitting the wall of the cube.

Still, it is necessary to know that normal human skull reaches its optimum at 2 or 3 years hardness, so it is not advisable for a child of less than 4 or 5 years made ​​head banging to a regulation ball. You can do with balls lightweight and very flexible.


What sports head is sensitive to receive blows that hurt the person?

In extreme sports especially. Especially those speed implies a coup against something hard. The kinetic energy of the moving object translates into probable brain injury.

According to statistics, the greatest risk is borne by mountain sports, motor vehicles and cycling.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. Carlos Ruiz-Ocaña Montalvo

By Dr. Carlos Ruiz-Ocaña Montalvo
Neurological Surgery

Dr. Ruiz-Ocaña Montalvo is Doctor "cum laude" from the Complutense University of Madrid and a specialist in neurosurgery since 1979. After obtaining a place by opposition in the department of neurosurgery at the Hospital de la Princesa, maintained a constant and intense activity care, public and private (Group Ruber) at the same time you spent some time getting square Teaching Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Complutense University of Madrid. After being hired by the Clinical Hospital of Madrid as Section Head and stay in that position for eight years, he decided to devote himself exclusively to private medicine as Chief of Neurosurgery at the Ruber International Hospital since 2001. He currently combines his clinical work with teaching, He is professor at the European University of Madrid, in addition to hold the post of President of the Spanish Society of Neurosurgery.

Since 2006 he joined the University Hospital of Madrid Chiron exclusive dedication in order to stay in hospital and technical forefront constant innovation.

Although he is an expert in all fields of neurosurgery, it is extremely advanced techniques in spinal surgery, in addition to the cranial base tumors, surgical treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and epilepsy. In recent years it has developed techniques for column endoscopy and for the treatment of pituitary processes.

His team has brought together a group of experts in child neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and surgical treatment of epilepsy, while in the background his human qualities.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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