The 411 on the NFL and Head Trauma

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  • What Are Concussions?
  • Common Symptoms of Concussions
  • What Do Concussions Do to the Brain?
  • The State of NFL Players’ Mental Health
  • CTE and Football Players
  • Suicide Rates
  • The NFL’s Defense
  • Former Players vs. the NFL
  • What’s the Hearing Supposed to Decide?

What Do Concussions Do to the Brain?

The fluid in your brain is like a pillow that protects the brain from injury, but when you are hit hard the brain can ram into the skull and be damaged. For those who suffer repeated concussions, research has found a link between brain injuries and numerous debilitating neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

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