Brain scan study displays risks for young athletes Fresh research casts a severe spotlight on senior high school athletics programs. It shows that senior high school hockey and soccer players can suffer human brain injury actually from routine blows to the top sustained during games – put simply, even in the lack of concussions Ici . PICTURES – NFL mind drain: 13 players who donated their brains to science The startling study is preliminary and small. But if verified, it might have wide implications for youth sports activities. So says study writer Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, associate professor of emergency medication at the University of Rochester INFIRMARY and a specialist on concussions.