Shake It Off?

Telling kids to “shake it off” after getting tackled in a football game might not be the safest advice. An imaging study posted yesterday in the journal Radiology revealed that the brains of football players ages 8 to 13 showed signs of traumatic injury even if the player exhibited no visible signs of a concussion.

The research augments a study, published last year by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, which found that players who began playing football before age 12 had a higher risk of abnormal brain development.
The new results raise further questions about football’s suitability as a youth sport.
Source: The Atlantic 

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