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Analyzing Hard Hits on the Football Field

Thu, 09/30/2010 - 10:31pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New research on head injuries in football--data gathered from a large study of players in action--might reinforce the growing suspicion that brain trauma is caused not only by knock-out hits that leave a player woozy, but also by the accumulation of smaller hits. The findings could eventually support the creation of something like the pitch limits in youth baseball: after a certain threshold of blows to the head, a football player would come out of a game.

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