Brain damage from playing contact sports may begin as early as playing just one season.
That's according to a new study that was published in the journal "Annals of Neurology."
Researchers looked at 60 football players between the ages of 9-18.
They had no history of head trauma or developmental issues before they began playing.
After one season, researchers found that the high-impact players had damage to an essential part of brain development.
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Study: Brain damage from contact sports may begin after just one season
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