The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a long-time local physician, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Doctor Pavi Gill from Springfield Clinic Taylorville, talked to Kiwanis members about recent studies on head trauma and contact sports. Dr. Gill said these studies are showing that repeated direct or indirect trauma of the head causes a variety of ailments.
Dr. Gill added that autopsies on NFL football players are showing why many of these players have these kind of symptoms later in life, and he said the same kind of symptoms are showing up in youth as young as 17, also from football trauma.
Dr. Gill told the Kiwanis Club that several large universities are in the midst of a major study the connections of the human brain, to further determine how head trauma can damage the brain.
In other Kiwanis news, 3 members participated in last Saturday's Bicycle Rodeo at Lake Taylorville. Will Perkins, Brad Davis, and Joe Hauser, assisted young people during the event.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.