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Concussion ‘can hinder former athletes’

28th January 2009

Athletes who have suffered concussion while playing competitive sport are more likely to be affected by related conditions later in life, according to new research.

A study published in the neurology journal Brain compared 19 healthy, former athletes who had sustained concussion more than 30 years ago with 21 healthy, former athletes with no history of the condition.

The researchers found that those who had been concussed only once or twice in their early adulthood showed a decline in their attention and memory and a slowing of some of their movements, compared to athletes who had no concussion.

Louis de Beaumont, the first author of the experiment, 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.”

The findings are particularly pertinent for people who participate in contact sports such as boxing, rugby, lacrosse and American football.

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