Scientists studying head injuries have found something surprising: Genes may make some people more susceptible to concussion and trauma than others. A persons genetic makeup, in fact, may play a more important role in the extent of injury than the number of blows a person sustains.
While this research is still in its infancy, these scientists are working toward developing a blood test that may one day help a person decide based on his her or her genetic predisposition whether to try out for the football team, or perhaps take up swimming or chess instead.
Until now, all the attention has been paid to how hard and how often you get hit, said Thomas McAllister, a professor of clinical psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine. No doubt thats important. But its also becoming clear thats its probably an interaction between the injury and the genetics of the person being injured.