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Youth athletes experience head impacts in different scenarios, ages

July 12, 2017

Young children were more likely to experience high-impact head injuries during athletic practices while those performing at higher levels were more likely to sustain head injuries during competition, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

“Although concussion can be a significant injury, the majority of the head impacts that result from regular participation in football are termed subconcussive impacts,” Jillian E. Urban, PhD, from the department of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “Recent case reports of chronic traumatic encephalopathy and associated memory loss, dementia and depression in former professional athletes participating in collision sports have brought attention to possible long-term consequences of head impacts in sports, both concussive and subconcussive.”

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