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Brain Changes Seen in MRIs of Young Football Players

The interesting take-home point here, at least to me, is a reminder that practices can be more injury-producing than games. This is not a new concept, but it's one many of us tend to forget about on a regular basis...

High-impact hits may affect the brain development of children and teens after just one season of football, preliminary research suggests.

The study compared functional MRI scans taken pre- and post-season. The researchers saw more gray matter volume in those who had high-impact hits -- but no concussions -- over the season.

More gray matter indicates that the brain might not be working as well as it.... READ MORE