Researchers at Pursue University expressed concern earlier this week about participants in football and womens soccer and the damage they are doing to their brains, absent a diagnosed concussion.
“We are seeing changes in brain activity even without a diagnosed concussion, even without any sign or symptoms showing up and that that occurs in a large population of our subjects,” Larry Leverenz, a Clinical Professor of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University, told the International Business Times.
They pointed to research, which was showing signs of altered neurological function and dramatic changes to the wiring and biochemistry of their brains.
“Basically in football and woman’s soccer about half the team is experiencing these kinds of things, these kinds of changes. Some of them heal and some of them don’t by the time they start playing their next season and that was the thing that really got us nervous,” said Eric Nauman, Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University.