Starting football before age 12 linked to poorer memory, thinking in NFL players

January 30, 2015 4:10 PM

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Starting football before age 12 linked to poorer memory, thinking in NFL players

In tackle sports such as football, blows to the head are inevitable. It is estimated that emergency departments in the US treat 173,285 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) - such as concussion - each year among children and adolescents under the age of 19.

But how do such injuries sustained in childhood affect the brain later in life? This is a question that has raised much debate. Some studies have suggested that children may recover better from head injuries than adults because their brain is still developing, but other research has suggested the op...

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