Looking at concussions

The debate over concussions and heavy contact sports has been roiling for some time. A New York Times last week caught our eye with the headline, “Study Focuses on Repeated Hits, Not Concussions.”

“Some scientists studying the relationship between contact sports and the risk of memory or mood problems later in life argue that cumulative exposure to hits that snap the head — not the number of concussions — is the most important factor. That possibility is particularly worrisome in football, where frequent ‘subconcussive’ blows are unavoidable. The most prominent group making this case, based at Boston University, reported the most rigorous evidence to date that overall exposure in former high school and college football players could predict their likelihood of experiencing problems like depression, apathy, or memory loss years later.”

Interesting. Your thoughts? Email rrollins@coxohio.com.

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