Purdue Weldon School research on brain trauma in football highlighted in Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated cover
Sports Illustrated cover
Football player holding helmet
Helmet used in the study is displayed by a young player (Photo used with permission of Brent Drinkut and the Lafayette Journal Courier.)
The current issue of Sports Illustrated features a cover story on Purdue research that suggests some high school football players suffer undiagnosed changes in brain function and continue playing even though they are impaired. The research, lead by Weldon School Professors Tom Talavage and Eric Nauman and Weldon graduate student Evan Breedlove, could aid efforts to develop more sensitive and accurate methods for detecting cognitive impairment and concussions; more accurately characterize and model cognitive deficits that result from head impacts; determine the cellular basis for cognitive deficits after a single impact or repeated impacts; and develop new interventions to reduce the risk and effects of head impacts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* The Sports Illustrated story is available online here.

* A Purdue video on the research is available here.