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"Study Finds Brain Damage After One Season Of Football"

  • CBS News
  • New York, NY
  • (November 28, 2018)

Football is an immensely popular sport, but it is also becoming increasingly concerning because of evidence of what repeated blows to the head might cause, especially to young developing brains. A study found that even a single season of football is enough to disrupt normal brain development. Maria Kajankova, PhD, explains that damage to this area of the brain that is in charge of higher order cognitive functions, such as making decisions and executive functioning can be impacted. Many of the kids involved in this study did not have a history of concussions and their long term effects must be studied.

— Maria Kajankova, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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