ST. LOUIS — Researchers at Washington University are beginning a study to determine the impact concussions have on athletes over time.
KSDK-TV reported that physicians in Washington University's Sports Concussion Clinic will focus on about 1,000 athletes ages 10 to 18. They plan to follow them for 10 to 15 years in an effort to understand the impact of head injuries over a long period of time.
Mark Halstead, a professor and physician who works in the field of non-operative sports medicine, said there is concern of a possible link between repetitive concussions and a higher risk of depression. Recent suicides by former NFL players have increased scrutiny of the role of head injuries.