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Pre-teen football linked to brain alterations in NFL players

from RedOrbit

While child football players aren’t capable of making the crunching, brain-rattling tackles seen in the National Football League, a new study shows that brain development can be affected by playing football at a young age. Published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, the study found NFL players who started playing organized football before the age of 12 had a greater risk of altered brain development as opposed to those who started playing at a later age. The study is the first to show a link between early repetitive head trauma and future structural brain variations. more


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