Former NFL players who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 have greater risk for altered brain development than those players who started later, a new study reports.
A new study reviews how demands for institutional change led the NFL to change its ideology and engage in advocacy to address football related concussion.
Researchers find evidence of cognitive issues and miRNA biomarkers, indicating brain injuries from concussions or head-to-head contact, in college football players. The findings indicated lasting damage caused by sports related concussions occur earlier than expected.
PET imaging of former NFL players who exhibited cognitive decline and psychiatric symptoms linked to CTE showed higher levels of tau in areas of the brain associated with the neurodegenerative disease.
A new study reports football linemen are more likely to have increased blood pressure along with changes to heart size and structure.
After just one season of playing football, neuroimaging technology reveals changes in gray and white matter correlated with exposure to head trauma in high school students, a new study reports.
A new JAMA study reveals chronic traumatic encephalopathy was present in a high number of brains of former football players. Researchers looked at the brains of former high school, college and NFL football players. Of the 202 brains analyzed, 177 showed signs of CTE. 110 of the 111 former NFL players' brains were diagnosed with CTE. Researchers say that, while the findings are significant, the findings could have limitations due to the players' families being motivated to donate the brains as a result of public awareness of the lasting effects of head injuries in football players.
Compared to players of other varsity sports, researchers did not identify an increased risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases in people who played high school football between 1956 and 1970.
Researchers measure a marker of activated glial cell response in current and former NFL football players who have suffered concussions.
Researchers report repeated head injuries suffered by high school football players during a single season results in measurable brain changes, even when no concussion occurred.