Source: abc.net.au | Re-Post Duerson Fund 11/20/2017 –
Justin Clarke was a promising defender for the Brisbane Lions when a head knock at a training session dramatically changed his life.
The concussion Mr. Clarke suffered was so severe he was forced to retire from professional football at just 22 years old.
Now a groundbreaking study by the Queensland Brain Institute involving 300 athletes is hoping to shed some light on how repetitive concussion affects the brain.
Researcher Dr. Fatima Nasrallah said healthy athletes have an MRI at the start of the study and have regular follow up tests if they sustain a concussion.
“On the standard, very conventional types of imaging you really can’t see structural damage to the brain,” Dr. Masrallah said.
“So what we’re trying to do is develop more sensitive methods, and biomarkers, to be able to detect the subtle changes that you see in mild injury or concussion.”