A study of football helmets and brain impact conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center has some alarming results.
Football players at the U of R were outfitted with special helmets containing a sensor device to measure the number and force of hits received during a season of practice and games. Ten players on the 2011 team participated in the study to determine how those hits affect the brain.
Concussion expert, Dr. Jeff Bazarian found none of the players suffered a concussion; however, most still showed the affects of mild brain injury after six months of no contact.
"The interesting thing about this is it gives us some idea to figure out why do some people recover and why not, and that would be a really hopeful thing for the future of football if we could figure out how we get some people to recover. Is it a time thing or is it something else? Then we could really start to get a handle on how do we prevent these changes from happening in the first place," said Bazarian.
The research didn't end with the 2011 study. More players participated in each of the following seasons including 42 last year. The study will continue for a fourth football season this year.