Does your son play football? Listen to this NPR piece about brain injury

7 years ago

I recently posted something about giving your little (or big) football player Omega-3s to help prevent brain injury (like concussions). 

Well I just heard this program on NPR the other day about football players and brain injury. Even if you're not interested in football (I'm not), you'll find this interview interesting because it's not about football but rather brain stuff!

For example: Former NFL players are diagnosed with Alzheimer's at 19 times the normal rate of men ages 30 to 49.

The guy I heard in the interview (Chris Nowinski) was a former professional wrestler (as in WWE) and after he got several concussions, he started doing tons of research into brain injury. He even started a foundation and wrote a book about football players and brain injury.

Another interesting piece of info: 75% of hits happen at practice. Chris says if we keep the hits for the game instead, we'd reduce exposure to hits/concussions by 50%.

Here's the link to the NPR piece:

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/20/133053436/brain-injuries-haunt-football-p…

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