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Brain Differences Found in NCAA Football Players

Updated: Tuesday, May 13 2014, 04:14 PM EDT

Scientists have found smaller brain regions controlling memory in college football players, especially those with concussions.

The study is only preliminary and more research is needed to see if the results mean the young athletes will face problems down the road.

It's possible the players were born with the brain differences. But they were seen in a part of the brain affected by a destructive disease linked with head blows and found in autopsies of some former NFL players.

The college players did just as well on memory tests as a healthy control group.

The study involved 25 Division 1 football players and 25 college athletes in non-contact sports. Results were released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

AP-WF-05-13-14 2003GMT

Brain Differences Found in NCAA Football Players


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