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Texas To Launch Massive Youth-Athlete Concussion Study

Texas is about to launch what state officials believe is the nation’s largest effort to track brain injuries among middle and high school athletes.

A diagram of the forces on the brain in concussion.
A diagram of the forces on the brain in concussion.

Texas is about to launch what state officials believe is the nation’s largest effort to track brain injuries among middle and high school athletes.

The governing body for public high school sports in Texas is partnering with the O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center to track to track the brain injuries.

Researchers say they hope to use the data to gauge whether rules or equipment changes are improving player safety, as well as what more can be done to protect athletes.

Medical officials also hope that a state as large as Texas, which has more than 800,000 public high school athletes, would be a key step in developing a national database of brain injuries in young athletes.

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