NCAA funds UCLA research into sports-related head injuries

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An English goalkeeper lies with a head injury during a soccer match in February.

The UCLA and NCAA are teaming up to take a close look at the growing problem of head injuries in college sports.

The UCLA Brain Injury Research Center will lead a national team of researchers in studying the long-term effects of sports-related concussions.

The NCAA is providing $400,000 for the study that will evaluate more than 1,000 male and female athletes who particpate in contact and non-contact sports. The goal is to learn more about the cumulative effects of head injuries, which recent research indicates may lead to long-term brain degeneration.

Specialists in pediatric neurology, sports medicine, neuropsychology and neurosurgery will participate in the study. It will use new technology in football helmets and mouth guards that can sense and measure head impacts.

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