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Did Indiana High School Football Players Help Brain Research?

Posted on October 1, 2014 by Doehrman Buba

According to The Guardian, Purdue University conducted research on the brains of 190 high school football players in Indiana. The study followed the players for six years and monitored the brain transformations before, during and after playing football. Researchers placed accelerometer sensors on the helmets of participating players. They logged every hit a player sustained throughout a season. Additionally, before and after each football season, players underwent brain scans. What Did the Researchers Find Out About the 190 Indiana Football Players?   The Purdue researchers found that the players sustained damage to parts of the brain that control: emotion, higher reasoning and visualization. Over 50 percent of the players exhibited significant changes in brain function. Many of these changes lasted for two years after a player stopped playing football. Many changes to the brain did not result in concussion symptoms. This is worrying, because this would have gone unnoticed if the…
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Are Current Concussion Tests Missing Key Symptoms?

Posted on September 28, 2014 by Doehrman Buba

According to researchers at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, current concussion tests fail to factor in vision issues that can help determine the severity of a concussion. Fortunately, these researchers have developed a new test that incorporates these issues that are often overlooked. What Is the Vestibular Ocular System? According to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, “the new test concerns the vestibular ocular system (VOS), which is responsible for integrating vision, balance and movement. It’s what allows us to keep our eyes focused and stable when we move our head around.” The VOS is located in the vestibulum of the inner ear. The worst cases of concussion usually have symptoms dealing with vision issues, fogginess and dizziness. However, most tests do not focus on these symptoms. The researchers call their new concussion test vestibular/ocular motor screening (VOMS). The test improves concussion diagnoses by more than 90 percent, because it can tell…
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Do NFL Players Have Higher Rates of Chronic Brain Injury?

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Doehrman Buba

ESPN says “NFL players are likely to suffer chronic brain injury at a ‘significantly higher’ rate than the general population and also show neurocognitive impairment at a much younger age, according to documents filed on behalf of the league in federal court.” Data analysts working for the NFL compiled statistics on the rate of brain injuries in the league and admitted that former players incur brain damage more often when compared to the public. Why Are Concussion Rates Higher for Retired Players?   Although the NFL admitted that former players are prone to having more concussions, it did not explain why the rates are higher. However, many studies show that repetitive hits to the head can cause long lasting brain damage. Below are some of the statistics the NFL compiled and released to the federal court: Former players between 50 and 59 years old are 14 to 23 times more likely…
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