Concussions hitting NHL players hard

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Montgomery County Times-Herald

Experts have long said that professional athletes, especially those playing contact sports like hockey and football, are putting themselves at risk for serious problems later in life when they play their sport again after suffering a concussion. "Clinically you can be better after a couple of weeks or months depending on the severity, but pathologically the problem is still there," said Ausim Azizi, chair of neurology at Temple. "When you look at brains with multiple concussions, there are a lot of microscopic changes in the lower parts of the brain that are closer to the bone. So, even though you look good or feel good, it doesn’t mean the damage isn’t there."