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New Evidence from Study of Damage Caused by Concussions

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The notorious hit on Canada's hockey darling on Sidney Crosby back in 2011 sparked a national conversation about head injuries in hockey. But such hard hits aren't just hurting the pros.

The Hockey Concussion Education Project analyzed the brains of male and female varsity hockey players and found disturbing evidence of early brain changes that could be the first signs of long term pathologies and cognitive deficits. A collaboration of specialists provided new physical evidence that identifies early brain change as a result of concussion, and observed that diagnosed concussion incidence was 3-5 times higher than previously reported.

The HCEP study adds that a history of concussion may result in alterations of the brain's white matter make-up. White matter affects how the brain learns and functions by transmitting signals from one part of the brain to the other.

Dr. Echlin shares the HCEP Study results and research findings, while he discusses the risk of concussions and what it all means for the future of sports. We are joined LIVE on Wednesday, March 26th, @ 7PM EST at BEYONDtheCheers on blogtalkradio and a repeat broadcast every Friday at NOON on AMFM247.