Brain scans may lead to new football injury prevention standards

June 15, 2016

IN THE NEWS:  As a football fan and a neurologist, Dr. Mark Fisher wants to find out how early evidence of brain trauma might show up in young players. The Orange County Register reports on the UC Irvine Health study he is leading that will compare brain scans of healthy high school football players with students who have never played organized football. The goal is to identify signs of microscopic brain bleeds.

“There’s a great concern regarding the relationship between playing organized football and head injuries and the brain changes that may result,” Fisher said. “We have the opportunity of either providing some reassurance for safety of the activity or to determine whether there are any red flags.”

The UC Irvine brain study is contributing to the growing body of research on football and neurological health, and findings may lead to new standards for injury prevention.

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