The Reading / Listening - Soccer Players - Level 2

A UK university has found that heading a soccer ball can damage mental health. Experts from Glasgow University discovered that ex-professional football players are three and a half times more likely to die of dementia than other people. The experts looked at whether heading a football could lead to brain damage. They analyzed the deaths of 7,676 professional players who played between 1900 and 1976. The team compared the deaths of the players to those of 23,000 people who did not play football. They found that the ex-players suffered from a lot more brain injuries.



The research was requested by two football associations in the UK. The associations made the request after the death of an English football player in 2002. His family was sure he died because of playing football. Doctors said he died after "repeated minor brain traumas". The doctors said heading a soccer ball could cause this. A researcher said his research showed that ex-football players were more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease, motor neurone disease 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 1   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. A UK university
  2. Experts from
  3. heading
  4. lead to brain
  5. professional
  6. compared the deaths
  7. people who did not
  8. suffered from a lot
  1. play football
  2. damage
  3. more brain injuries
  4. has found that
  5. of the players
  6. Glasgow University
  7. players
  8. a football

Paragraph 2

  1. requested by two
  2. The associations made
  3. His family was
  4. repeated minor
  5. heading a soccer ball could
  6. more likely
  7. less likely to die
  8. lung
  1. to suffer
  2. brain traumas
  3. cancer
  4. football associations
  5. the request
  6. of common diseases
  7. sure
  8. cause this

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A UK university (1) ___________________ heading a soccer ball can damage mental health. Experts from Glasgow University discovered that ex-professional football players (2) ___________________ a half times more (3) ___________________ of dementia than other people. The experts looked at whether heading a football could lead (4) ___________________. They analyzed the deaths of 7,676 professional players who played between 1900 and 1976. The team compared (5) ___________________ the players to those of 23,000 people who did not play football. They found that the ex-players (6) ___________________ lot more brain injuries.

The research (7) ___________________ two football associations in the UK. The associations (8) ___________________ after the death of an English football player in 2002. His family was sure he died (9) ___________________ football. Doctors said he died after "repeated minor brain traumas". The doctors said heading a soccer ball (10) ___________________. A researcher said his research showed that ex-football players were more (11) ___________________ from Alzheimer's disease, motor neurone disease and Parkinson's disease. He said they were less likely to die of common diseases, like heart (12) ___________________ cancer.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ealth.ExpertsfromGlasgowUniversitydiscoveredthatex-profession
alfootballplayersarethreeandahalftimesmorelikelytodieofdementiat
hanotherpeople.Theexpertslookedatwhetherheadingafootballcould
leadtobraindamage.Theyanalyzedthedeathsof7,676professionalpla
yerswhoplayedbetween1900and1976.Theteamcomparedthedeath
softheplayerstothoseof23,000peoplewhodidnotplayfootball.Theyfo
undthattheex-playerssufferedfromalotmorebraininjuries.Theresear
chwasrequestedbytwofootballassociationsintheUK.Theassociations
madetherequestafterthedeathofanEnglishfootballplayerin2002.Hisf
amilywassurehediedbecauseofplayingfootball.Doctorssaidhediedaf
ter"repeatedminorbraintraumas".Thedoctorssaidheadingasoccerba
llcouldcausethis.Aresearchersaidhisresearchshowedthatex-footba
llplayersweremorelikelytosufferfromAlzheimer'sdisease,motorneur
onediseaseandParkinson'sdisease.Hesaidtheywerelesslikelytodieof
commondiseases,likeheartdiseaseandlungcancer.

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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Answers

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