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18 November 2011

Head hitting leads to brain injury

Young athletes who routinely take hits to the head could experience brain injury - even if they do not suffer a concussion, according to the results of a new preliminary study.

"Although this was a very small study, if confirmed it could have broad implications for youth sports," the study's lead author, Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, associate professor of emergency medicine at URMC with a special interest in sports concussions, said in a university news release. "The challenge is to determine whether a critical number of head hits exists above which this type of brain injury appears, and then to get players and coaches to agree to limit play when an athlete approached that number."

 
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