Head in the Game

Why, What, How, Who?


Why is this project important?

While many studies have investigated acute football injuries, few have evaluated long-term health consequences of a professional football career. Particularly, the potential effect of head impacts and injuries on the development of late life neurologic or mental diseases remains controversial. The Head in the Game study is an important step towards closing the current knowledge gap. Based on the results, we will be able to make recommendations to improve long-term health of current and future elite athletes.

What is the aim of the project?

We aim to evaluate and improve long-term health in elite contact sport. A particular focus of the study in the Netherlands is the effect of a professional football career on the structure and function of brain networks of former players.

How does it work?

Phase 1 – In a first step, we will survey former elite football players and control persons on their current health and injury history using an anonymous online questionnaire.

Phase 2 – In a clinical follow-up study we will investigate the association between previous injuries and long-term health in detail using different examination methods, such as neuroimaging and neuropsychological tests.

The Head in the Game project is an international, multicenter study, which will be launched in the Netherlands, USA and Germany. We need your support to make this investigation a success. Volunteer now and become a participant in our research!

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Who is involved?

Would you like to meet the team behind the Head in the Game project? Click below!

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