‘Concussion Effect’ apparently lasts for decades

February 11, 2009


“People concussed in their youth show subtle signs of mental and physical problems even more than 30 years later, say Canadian researchers. The study, published in the journal Brain, found athletes with a history of concussion had worse physical and mental test scores. However, the researchers stressed these minor changes did not affect day-to-day life.”

Dr Louis de Beaumont, who led the study, said: “This study shows that the effects of sports concussions in early adulthood persist beyond 30 years post-concussion, and that it can cause cognitive and motor function alterations as the athletes age. Athletes should be better informed about the cumulative and persistent effects of sports concussion on mental and physical processes so they know about the risk associated with returning to their sport.”

(The small-scale study involved just 40 former athletes aged between 50 and 60, 19 of whom had a history of one or more concussions in their youth).

Andrew Scheuber from the Alzheimer’s Research Trust said: “Sportsmen and women should take extra care to avoid head trauma. Some experts believe that footballers from the 1970s and earlier, including Danny Blanchflower and Billy McPhail, may have developed dementia as a result of heading old-style heavier footballs – though this is open to debate. Much more research is needed if we are to minimise dementia risk for everyone.”

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7851800.stm

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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