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Playing Football Might Impact Development Of Brain

Young players playing football might experience a disturbance in development of brain after the sport’s single season, as per a new research shown this week at the RSNA’s (Radiological Society of North America) annual meeting.

“This study shows that playing a single season football might impact normal gray matter shortening in youth and high school players,” claiming research assistant from Texas at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Department of Radiology, Gowtham Krishnan Murugesan, to the media in an interview.

The brain is extremely complex with a number of neural connections. New links are created, and unused links fall away in a procedure dubbed as pruning. Similar to cutting back unnecessary or dead branches helps a tree grow and keeps it healthy, pruning of brain is essential for healthy development of brain.

“Pruning is a vital part of development of brain,” Murugesan claimed. “By removing the synapses that are no longer employed, the brain turns out to be more efficient.”

On a related note, scientists at the HUH (Helsinki University Hospital) and the University of Helsinki have designed software on the basis of machine learning, which can separately interpret signals of EEG from a premature baby and make an estimate of the functional maturity of the brain. Posted in the Scientific Reports journal, the approach is the first EEG-supported evaluation system of brain maturity in the globe. It is more exact than other presently understood approaches of calculating the growth of a brain of the infant, and allows the objective and automatic monitoring of brain development of a premature baby.

“EEG observing united with automatic analysis offers a practical instrument for the observing of the neurological growth of preterm babies and produces data that will assist plan the most excellent potential care for the separate baby,” claimed University of Helsinki’s Professor Sampsa Vanhatalo, who guided the research.