Can Just One Concussion Change the Brain?
Suffering a single concussion may cause lasting brain damage, researchers report in the journal Radiology. Steven Flanagan, co-director of the Concussion Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, discusses the findings, and why diagnosing a concussion is so difficult.
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@scifri worried?Yes.But I can’t put them in bubblewrap,norwill I deny them joy,social/physical skills gained by playing either. #SciFriChatgabrielle sarcia
#SciFriChat My boy has had 2. 1 playing Basketball, 1 skiing. They were under such “normal” circs I wonder how many I had and don’t know.Duane Mieliwocki
@scifri I’m worried about head injuries enough that I haven’t let my son play football. Helmets create false sense of security. #SciFriChatCara Cashon
@scifri I have a child in comp soccer & the speed & Â size of athletes keeps growing, but not more saftey equipment #SciFriChatAlberto Plantilla
#SciFriChat my concussion came from riding a bike, not while competing in soccer, basketball, softball, track and field.Lollagagger
Steven Flanagan is the Howard A. Rusk Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and co-director of the Concussion Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, New York.
Denise Chow is a sci-tech editor at Live Science and a former associate producer for Science Friday.