Brain imaging study of youth football players under national lights

An imaging-based study published online Oct. 24 in Radiology may reach millions via network news and make an impact on youth football leagues across the country.

NBC News reporter Stephanie Gosk says the study, which looked at the effects of head blows—not just hits that cause concussions but also less violent ones—on kids between 8 and 13 years old “may make some parents question whether their children should play at all.”

“We have detected some changes in the white matter,” co-author Chris Whitlow, MD, of Wake Forest says. “And the importance of those changes is that the more exposure you have to head impacts, the more change you have.”

View the report as introduced on Today: