Brain Imaging Studies in College Football Players

In a report in the May 14th edition of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) researchers noted that the longer football players played this sport, the more likely they were to have changes in MRI.  Specifically, they noted that the hippocampus (an area in the temporal lobe important to memory) of college football players displayed smaller volume on MRI scan regardless of whether there was a documented history of concussion.  That study also noted a relationship between years of football played and reaction time as measured by cognitive testing.  The lead author…

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