Talented soccer players, the big secret is in the brain: The great tragedy of the star player and the fate of magicians with a preserved nervous systems

Carlos Ramos-Galarza, Sonia Peña-García, Claudia Pérez-Salas, Iván Cadena-Almeida, Janio Jadán-Guerrero, Mónica Bolaños-Pasquel

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Abstract

In previous work, we have presented case studies from fascinating films for the eye of the neuropsychologist;1,2,3 continuing with this line of research, we describe here for your consideration a critical analysis of the role of brain functions in one of the most fascinating sports, soccer. In this analysis, we will look more closely at the brain damage suffered by the great footballer Salvador Cabañas and the role of the highly complex brain functions that allow the magical players to stand out in this sport. In the next pages, we present the case of Salvador Cabañas, both before and after his cerebral accident, and later we analyze the cerebral functions that are activated in brilliant players like Messi or Ronaldinho. We conclude this article by reflecting on the role of the brain in our normal human activities, and how catastrophic it becomes on a daily basis when our brain tissue is damaged so that as a result of this condition we can lose everything.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-282
Number of pages8
JournalRevista Ecuatoriana de Neurologia
Volume26
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Brain damage
  • Cerebral functioning in athletes
  • Executive functions
  • Frontal lobe
  • Neuropsychological rehabilitation
  • Traumatic brain injury

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