Footballers Not Thick After All

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footballers smarter than average?

David Beckham quote: “I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened but I don’t know into what religion yet”

Footballers certainly get a bad wrap for their apparent lack of frontal lobe integrity but all is not what it seems (so much of life is like that). Intelligence comes in many varieties – not just verbal expression or number massaging.

Jocelyn Faubert at the University of Montreal has been working with professional athletes (mostly footballers) for 3 years and found that they were better in certain cognitive tasks than the average PhD student. The pros were able to interpret visual scenes quickly and made decisions about them much better than amateur athletes and non-athletes. They were hyper-focused on tasks, enhancing their learning ability, enabling them to improve quickly in the tests.

English football player Joey Baton declared recently he was “too intelligent to be a footballer”. He should think again, it may be a cognitive wake-up call.

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