OK, that title may be hyperbole, but the new research out of Canada should make you take a step back and realize what our fine researchers are now able to discover. Considering the context of hockey it shouldn’t be shocking that this was found in Canada (since posting we have been informed that work was done on both sides of the border), but really for a long while now some of the best work on concussions is coming from the North, for whatever reason (no disrespect to the US scientists).
Now that I effectively pissed off a few readers with the last comment, here is what was found by Dr. Paul Echlin and team:
- concussions alter the white matter of the brain
- structural damage can now be seen
- MRI was used
- this is both males and females
- brain vascular changes were noted in males only, but resolved at two months
- comparison with control counterparts showed that concussed individuals had white mater changes at end of season (upon being fully resolved from injury)