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Dr. Julian Bailes: Should We Be Worried About Subconcussive Blows in Sports? Dr. Julian Bailes: Should We Be Worried About Subconcussive Blows in Sports?

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The issue of subconcussive blows means that a concussion is not diagnosed or suspected. But is that player, say a girl soccer player, say a boy playing football, is that player experiencing repetitive blows heading the ball in soccer? Say a lineman in football where nearly every play they are hitting heads, is that player experiencing blows to the head that may be deleterious and we just don't know about it? And I think we don't have that answer. There are some glimpses in the research that says subconcussive blows may be important. And so that's an area of research and one that we fully have not understood so far.

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More research is needed to determine if subconcussive blows — repetitive hits to the head not diagnosed or suspected as concussions — are deleterious.

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Julian Bailes, MDJulian Bailes, MD is a founding member of the Brain Injury Research Institute and professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is a recognized leader in the field of neurosurgery and the impact of brain injury on cognitive function.

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Our nation loves a sport that is killing our future adults. Who is going to take care of them? Our healthcare expense for children not wearing helmets is $2.3 billion annually, Snell. Can we continue to afford this with a $15 trillion dollar national debt?

Aug 6th, 2012 4:32pm


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