The Part Of The Brain Responsible For Memory Is Smaller In Football Players


dd.jpgA 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 Dennis Molfese, a neuropsychologist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, calling the results intriguing.
Sports-related trauma studies have focused on the hippocampus because some memory deficits are linked to head injuries. Other studies have also found smaller hippocampus volume in athletes. But much of that work has investigated people who were middle-aged or older, says Patrick Bellgowan, an experimental psychologist at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, Okla., and the University of Tulsa.
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