Playing football linked to brain changes

Playing football linked to brain changes

College players have smaller hippocampi, especially if they’ve had concussions

By Nathan Seppa, 16:33 PM May 13, 2014

A college football player who has been diagnosed with a concussion is likely to have a smaller hippocampus, the memory center of the brain, than a player who hasn’t been so diagnosed, a new study finds. And regardless of whether they’d had concussions, players have smaller hippocampi than men their age who don’t play football and who have no history of brain trauma, the study suggests.

“This is one of the first papers to draw a direct link from concussion to specific tissue changes,” says Denn...

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