Brain changes, memory problems seen with minor head bumps

December 11, 2013 9:46 PM

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Brain changes, memory problems seen with minor head bumps

Young athletes playing contact sports may experience learning and memory deficits as well as brain changes even when jolts to the head don’t trigger a concussion, a study shows. It's unclear whether the damage is long-term, but neurologists say the findings give an "important" new understanding of the brain risks some young players face.

After a single season of football or hockey, players who experienced the most hits to the head or body appeared to have developed problems with memory and cognition, according to the study published online Wednesday in Neurology. Those players were also the ones who showed changes on brain scans des...

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