This Is Your Brain on Football The new science of concussions proves that high school football is America's most dangerous game This is Your Brain on Football Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/this-is-your-brain-on-football-20130131#ixzz2yAGLRN7l
Former NFL player Andre Waters shocked family and friends in November, 2006 when he took his own life at age 44. Posthumous studies suggest he'd been suffering from brain damage and depression, both related to concussions sustained during football games.
The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day's thinking, researchers have shown. The US team believe the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep. Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps between neurons and allow fluid to wash the brain clean. They also suggest that failing to clear away some toxic proteins may play a role in brain disorders.