The Reading / Listening - Soccer Players - Level 1

A UK university found that heading a soccer ball can damage mental health. Researchers found that ex-professional football players are three and a half times more likely to die of dementia. The researchers compared the deaths of 7,676 ex-professional players who played between 1900 and 1976 to those of 23,000 people who did not play football. They found that the ex-players suffered from a lot more brain injuries.



Football associations in the UK requested the research after the death of a player in 2002. Doctors said he died after "repeated minor brain traumas". The doctors said heading a ball could cause this. A researcher said ex-football players were more likely to suffer from diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. He said they were less likely to die of common diseases, like heart disease and lung cancer.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Soccer Players - Level 0 Soccer Players - Level 2   or  Soccer Players - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50124102
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/dementia-football-heading-study-2019-the-fa-pfa-a9164861.html
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/10/21/calls-ban-young-players-heading-footballs-brain-injury-expert/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. heading
  2. damage mental
  3. three and a
  4. more likely to die
  5. professional
  6. players who played
  7. people who did not
  8. suffered from a lot
  1. half times
  2. play football
  3. players
  4. more brain injuries
  5. health
  6. of dementia
  7. a soccer ball
  8. between 1900 and 1976

Paragraph 2

  1. after the death of a
  2. repeated minor brain
  3. heading a ball could
  4. ex-football
  5. more likely to
  6. He said they were less
  7. common
  8. lung
  1. cancer
  2. cause this
  3. suffer from diseases
  4. diseases
  5. traumas
  6. player in 2002
  7. likely to
  8. players

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A UK university (1) ___________________ a soccer ball can damage mental health. Researchers (2) ___________________ professional football players (3) ___________________ a half times more (4) ___________________ of dementia. The researchers compared the deaths of 7,676 ex-professional players (5) ___________________ 1900 and 1976 to those of 23,000 people who did not play football. They found that the ex-players suffered (6) ___________________ more brain injuries.

Football associations in the UK (7) ___________________ after the death of a player in 2002. Doctors (8) ___________________ after "repeated minor brain traumas". The doctors (9) ___________________ ball could cause this. A researcher said ex-football players were more (10) ___________________ from diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. He said they (11) ___________________ to die of common diseases, like heart disease (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AUKuniversityfoundthatheadingasoccerballcandamagementalhealt
h.Researchersfoundthatex-professionalfootballplayersarethreean
dahalftimesmorelikelytodieofdementia.Theresearcherscomparedth
edeathsof7,676ex-professionalplayerswhoplayedbetween1900an
d1976tothoseof23,000peoplewhodidnotplayfootball.Theyfoundtha
ttheex-playerssufferedfromalotmorebraininjuries.Footballassociat
ionsintheUKrequestedtheresearchafterthedeathofaplayerin2002.D
octorssaidhediedafter"repeatedminorbraintraumas".Thedoctorssai
dheadingaballcouldcausethis.Aresearchersaidex-footballplayersw
eremorelikelytosufferfromdiseaseslikeAlzheimer'sandParkinson'sdi
sease.Hesaidtheywerelesslikelytodieofcommondiseases,likeheartdi
seaseandlungcancer.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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