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Repeat brain injuries from sports may present as memory, thinking or mood problems
Repeat brain injuries from sports may present as memory, thinking or mood problems

(August 22, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Boston - Repeat brain trauma suffered by athletes can affect their memory, mood and behaviour, according to a report published in Neurology. Researchers studied the brains of 36 male athletes, all of whom had been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after their deaths. The athletes were between 17 and 98 years of age and had no other brain diseases. Most of the participants had played football, with the rest participating in hockey, boxing, and wrestling.  Results showed that 22 of the athletes demonstrated mood and behaviour problems as their first symptoms of the disease, while 11 demonstrated memory and thinking problems as their first symptoms. Only 3 athletes had no symptoms at all.

 
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