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WSU Neuroscientist Attempts To Re-Build The Connection In Nerve Cells

PULLMAN, Wash. - While the NFL season has come to an end, one WSU student is still hard at work to try and help as many pro football players as he can.

Tyler Bland is a neuroscientist who is studying the effects of concussions sustained from head injuries while playing football.

Bland is trying to put an end to this so called "plague" by attempting to rebuild damaged nerve cells that are lost from head injuries. The testing is currently being done on rat brains, but soon, they hope to test on humans.

When a nerve cell is destroyed its like cutting a power cable. You lose the connection. Bland is trying to find a way to rebuild said connection once it's lost.

Players usually don't notice any side effects from five to fifteen years.

Many professional athlete deaths have been related to concussions.

The so called "plague" continues to rage on but hopefully soon, a couple WSU Cougars can change the course of sports medicine, indefinitely.

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