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Offline richm78

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Brain Trauma from repeated jumping and landing?
« on: March 15, 2017, 11:21:12 AM »
We all know boxing, football and other impact heavy sports lead to brain damage/concussions.  Is there any long term research on the brain for athletes that jump and land repeatedly (basketball, volleyball, gymnastics)? 
We naturally soften our landings with our legs, but is it so effective as to negate all impact on the brain?

Offline Dan I

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Re: Brain Trauma from repeated jumping and landing?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2017, 01:30:54 PM »
Hmmm it's an interesting question. I'm not sure it has to negate ALL impact on the brain though (unless you're defining "impact" strictly as brain meets skull), it just has to cushion enough of it prevent the bran from ramming into the inside of your skull.

It's not just the absorption from the legs at play either. The brain is surrounded by cushioning liquid if I'm not mistaken so you just need to get the impact down to the point where the liquid is able to absorb the rest of the force.