A team of Johns Hopkins specialists, using a battery of imaging and cognitive tests, has gathered evidence of accumulated brain damage that could be linked to specific memory deficits in former National Football League (NFL) players experienced decades after they stopped playing the game.

Results of the small study of nine men provide further evidence for potential long-term neurological risk to football players who sustain repeated concussions and support calls for better player protections.

“We’re hoping that our findings are going to further inform the game,” says Jennifer Coughlin, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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