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Massachusetts study reveals seriousness of brain injury

Massachusetts residents may already be following the stories regarding the relationship between football injuries and the increased risk of brain injuries. However, a recent article has pointed out how hockey players who sustained a brain injury can also suffer lifetime effects. This is yet another eye-opening example for parents and athletes.

Although the long-term impact of brain injuries has long been researched and discussed, a recent study has proven that short-term effects are impacting players too. This particular study involved MRIs, which have not been used in studies similar to this one. Forty-five players, both men and women, were observed in this study. All players involved had an MRI before the season as well as after. The players who sustained a concussion during the season also received additional scans.

The study concluded that the players who sustained a concussion had significant differences on their MRIs. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and other schools and hospitals were involved in this study and are asking what changes, if any, should be made to this sport and other sports to protect children's brains. Researchers found that the number of concussions in hockey players are three to five times higher than previously reported in other medical research papers.

Massachusetts hockey players who feel that they may have sustained a brain injury that could have been prevented by either better equipment or different rules may wish to determine if a civil suit is worth pursuing. As more data becomes available, individuals are becoming aware of the risks that are involved and of which they may not have been informed at the beginning. The medical bills and other expenses from sustaining such a potentially long-lasting injury can be overwhelming and cause financial hardship. Legal assistance may be beneficial.

Source: The New York Times, Study Finds Changes in Brains of Hockey Players Who Had Concussions, Jeff Z. Klein, Feb. 4, 2014

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