With all the recent attention in the NFL to dirty tackling, head shots, and concussions, some ground breaking research from Purdue University
suggests that the routine hits to the head that happen 100s of times in every football game may be just as damaging as repeated concussions.
The research was conducted on high school football players. The research uncovered marked reductions on visual memory tests in the kids who had not suffered a concussion and otherwise showed no symptoms of a head injury. These kids were, for all practical purposes, walking around with brain injuries during the season. The good news is that they all were back to normal by the next fall, suggesting that their young brains can heal themselves.
(We are talking about the American brand of football here, but it doesn't seem like a real stretch that too many headers in the football played with a round ball might also be a problem.)
posted by COD
on Oct 27, 2010 -