UGA research study looks into long-term effects of high school football

semerson@macon.comFebruary 18, 2013 

ATHENS - The long-term physical effects of playing football remain a hot subject, especially among those who played it for a living. But an ongoing UGA research study is taking a different angle - the long-term effects on those who just played it at a high school level.

"It's important to do this research so we can learn if these late-life issues are associated with all levels or football or if they're unique to pro ball," said Doug Terry, a graduate student in the clinical psychology program.

And in the long run, according to Terry, it "has important implication for whether or not early concussions have an effect in later life."

Terry said he's seeking people between the ages 40-65 who played football in high school, but not in college or the pros. They are interested in people with and without a history of concussions.

Participants in the study, which Terry said has been approved by the UGA Institutional Review Board, will be compensated $50 for their time and effort. The study will include various cognitive tests, balance tests and an MRI scan.

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