The N-F-L has taken a lot of criticism for not being
more proactive about the long-term issue of concussions.
Now the mixed martial arts industry is stepping up
Researchers are running a long-term study on the effects
of impact on fighters' heads and brains.
Martie Salt has the details.
RUDY MORALES HAS BEEN A PROFESSIONAL M-M-A FIGHTER
HE TRIES TO TAKE CARE OF HIS BODY, SO WHEN HE HEARD
ABOUT A PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS BRAIN HEALTH STUDY,
The sport that we do is a full contact sport, and
it's better to be safe and see what things you could
RUDY AND 600 OTHER M-M-A FIGHTERS AND BOXERS COME
IN ONCE A YEAR TO BE EVALUATED ON COGNITION, BALANCE,
COORDINATION, AND MORE.
THEY ALSO GET BRAIN IMAGING WITH PET SCANS AND M-R-I'S.
We just had a great opportunity to really try to understand
how CTE developed, what are the risk factors, how
can we diagnose it early, and of course, eventually
how do we prevent it.
DOCTOR BERNICK MONITORS THE SCANS, LOOKING FOR CHANGES
When we see these changes in the volume of the fibers,
we also see changes in how these people perform on
tests of processing, speed of their mental acuity,
of their reaction time.
RUDY SAYS IT JUST MAKES SENSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE
STUDY, WHICH IS FREE TO FIGHTERS.
It's really going to help people down the road, not
only for our generation, but for generations to come.
DOCTOR BERNICK SAYS RESULTS WILL HELP COMBAT SPORTS
FIGHTERS, ATHLETES IN OTHER SPORTS AND THE MILITARY.
I'M MARTIE SALT, REPORTING.