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Repeated impacts affect brains of high school football players

Thomas Talavage can speak about research into the potential health effects on the brains of high school football players suffering repeated head impacts. Talavage is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering and co-director of the Purdue MRI Facility. He is a member of the Purdue Neurotrauma Group, which has been studying brain changes in high school football players since 2009, research spanning six years. He also is studying high school soccer players.

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Talavage also can discuss:

  • The lasting effects of repeated blows to the head, with medical imaging evidence showing players may not fully heal from season to season.
  • Concussion Neuroimaging Consortium made up of eight institutions to garner support and funding for research into the neurological effects of contact sports.

Contact: Thomas M. Talavage, 765-494-5475,

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