Soccer players actually do have it all
Soccer players are hot, talented and have a lot of money. And now, a new study shows that they are pretty smart too. This study shows that soccer players actually have “superior executive functions, the brain processes for responsible for planning and abstract thinking.” Apparently, the more the player is talented the better these functions are.
This ability is called game intelligence and it is used in the way we make decisions. The author of the new study is Predrag Petrovic, a neuroscientist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
The researchers measured these executive functions using a standardized test called D-KEFS. This assesses skills inproblem solving, creativity, and rule making. Talented players had a higher percentage of executive functions than regular players.
This study may not be very accurate but there is some promise here. I am sure future studies will be done. They don’t know if athletes obtain these functions over time or whether they are inherited.
I love soccer. And I always wondered how these players are so talented. There has got to be something in their brain that helps them decide who to pass the ball to or who to dribble in order to make a goal.
Who else loves this game? Do you guys think that these functions are obtained over time or inherited? Or both?
And yes, Messi is one of the best players. He is also my favorite. And Pique.