Human white matter microstructure predicts elite sports participation

Franco Pestilli & Brad Caron
Collision-sport athletes, especially football players, are exposed to a higher number of repetitive head impacts. Little is known, however, regarding the effects of long-term exposure to repetitive head impacts on brain tissue structure and the locations (i.e. superficial or deep tissue structures) affected. On top of this, little is known about the effects of highly competitive athletics on brain tissue structure. We investigated this relationship, including the baseline effect of collegiate athletic participation, by mapping...
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