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A 46-year-old female asked:

does a brain injury only occur after a physical impact or is it possible that repeated trauma can have the same effect not the brain ?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Good question: If your question is whether or not repeated trauma to other parts of the body can lead to brain injury-the answer is yes.Recent studies with football players has shown that repeated body injuries they sustain are transmitted to the brain.So although there is not a direct brain impact, the brain suffers an injury.These repeated injuries lead to long term issues like chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Dr. Lali Sekhon
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Both: Injuries can occur after a single injury which is common but repeated trauma can do the same. This is one of the worries about repeated mild concussions.

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