Purdue researchers discuss concussions in young athletes

Purdue researchers spoke Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 about the danger of concussions. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A discussion a the Indiana State Museum Thursday focused on concussions and young athletes.

The Purdue Neurotrauma Group researchers have been studying the brains of high school football players since 2009.

They talked about their findings to students and their parents Thursday evening.

They say there is technology to help make the game more safe for players, and that the technology needs to be implemented.

“The neurophysiology of most players in contact sports is significantly different than it was in preseason and looks a lot like those concussed players,” Eric Nauman, a researcher, said. they don’t show symptoms, but their brain is changing dramatically.”

Nauman also says the best way to help players is to stop looking for symptoms after a head injury. Instead, he advises, people should rely on medical imaging to determine the health of the brain.

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