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NFL awards $2.6M grant to study concussion rehabilitation

The NFL is helping to fund the first large-scale study into the most effective ways to rehabilitate young athletes who have suffered a concussion.

The University of North Carolina was awarded a $2.6 million grant for the project, which is expected to last three years. Researchers will study concussed athletes from the high school level all the way up to the pros.

From WRAL:

“About 10 percent of athletes on a football team will sustain a concussion within a given year,” said UNC professor Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz.

One thing they’ll study is if exercise can help.

“We’ll be able to protect them most likely from a second concussion or protect them from that very rare catastrophic brain injury that can occur,” Guskiewicz said.

With growing concerns over concussions and other head injuries, funding for relevant research is at an all-time high. Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health awarded a $4.5 million grant to the University of Pennsylvania to study equipment improvements.

Click here for more on what’s taking place at UNC.

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