Professional soccer players may have a much higher risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s than the general population, a new study finds. When it comes to traumatic brain injury and the link to brain disorders like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) or Alzheimer’s, researchers have primarily focused on the impact of contact sports like football or hockey.
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“On average, a professional rugby union player is more likely than not to sustain a concussion after 25 matches” and “Sports-related concussion [SRC] increases the risk of subsequent injury by about 50 per cent in elite male football players”.
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Brain injury can lead to fatal results which are irreparable and cannot be rectified completely. Outdoor sports like soccer, hockey or sports accidents can cause brain injury, which can affect regular life on a massive scale. The new research was conducted by the National Institue of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) and it concluded that Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) could result in extremely harmful outcomes.
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The more years football players play the game, the higher their odds of developing the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a new study finds.
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