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In partnership with The Hamilton Spectator, Dr. John Connolly, professor of Cognitive Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Languages, and Dr. Michael Noseworthy, professor in the Faculty of Engineering, along with other McMaster researchers, used EEG and brain-imaging technology to identify what football injuries had done to the brains of nearly two dozen retired CFL football players.

They discovered the brain scans of some former players were no different than those of coma patients.


An account of the study, in a four-part series on the long-term effects of concussions in football, was published by reporter Steve Buist in The Hamilton Spectator from August 30-September 2, 2017.

Read more about the research here. Study results were also reported in the CBC news.