It’s just a bump on the head right? Just one small concussion so it shouldn’t be a big deal – right? Wrong.
Just one concussion can cause long-term structural brain damage, according to a new study released earlier this year. Researchers at the NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City used a 3D MRI to examine the volume of brain matter in 19 concussion patients over the year after their injury. They also studied 12 individuals who had not had a concussion. The concussion patients scans’ revealed measurable brain atrophy, compared to healthy individuals who had not sustained a concussion. This finding directly counters popular belief that concussions are “no big deal.” (more…)