Contact Sport Athletes Perform Worse on Memory Tests

December 24, 2013, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

A recent study published in the journal Neurology found that over the course of a college season 20% of athletes in contact sports and 11% of athletes in non-contact sports performed worse on memory test at the end of the season than at the beginning. This decline is very significant, and should be cause for concern. The study authors found that those who did worse on the tests also had extensive changes in their brains.

This poses some interesting questions for anyone involved with concussions and other brain injuries. How many sub concussive blows to the head or body are 'acceptable' or dangerous? When does the damage begin? Chronic brain encephalopathy (CTE) is fatal and progressive. It is generally agreed to develop in otherwise healthy people who have had repeated TBIs, or sub concussive blows to the head.

There has been a significant inflow of money to the research of CTE which can now be detected before death in some cases. These are the same forces that are exerted in car accidents leading to the concerns that people involved in multiple accidents, or in sports and accidents may also develop serious brain disorders.


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