What to know about the concussion and brain injuries linked to football concussion research
A new study finds that a semipermesable membrane (a membrane that surrounds the brain) can cause brain damage when it becomes hot enough.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that exposure to temperatures exceeding 110 degrees Celsius led to damage to the membranes of the parietal and temporal lobes of the brain.
This damage is known to occur during prolonged brain cooling.
The researchers said that their findings suggest that cooling during football games could cause damage to these structures.
“Our results are significant, because it shows that the thermal exposure to the membrane can lead to damage of these structures,” lead researcher Dr. Mark O. Reiter told The Associated Press.
Dr. Reiver, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said that this damage could be irreversible.
We think that it’s important to get this information out in a way that can help the general public and physicians, but also the players, because these findings could potentially lead to the development of new treatments for this condition,” he said.
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the University at Buffalo, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.