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Football Injuries May Trigger Harmful Immune System Response
Date:3/6/2013

f neurology and co-director of the concussion center at NYU Langone Medical Center, agreed. "This is a potentially interesting finding that could spur further investigation," said Galetta.

"It was a small [group of people studied], and I think there will be debate about how these sub-concussive hits were defined and recorded. There may be more accurate devices that could record each hit and the force of each hit, instead of using video and the athlete's opinion," he said, noting that some of these players may, in fact, have had concussions and not known it.

"This is a very important topic, and the more research, the better. But, right now, we've in the very early stages, and this is very preliminary," said Galetta.

Results of the study were published March 6 in the journal PLOS One.

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Learn more about head injuries, sports and what you can do to prevent head injuries from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

SOURCES: Jeffrey Bazarian, M.D., associate professor, emergency medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.; Steven Galetta, M.D., chair, department of neurology, and co-director, concussion center, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; March 6, 2013 PLOS One


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