TIME reports there is mounting data “suggesting that the negative effects of head injuries can be long-lasting.” A recent study from JAMA Neurology “found that retired NFL players who suffered a concussion may continue to experience cognitive deficits many years later.”
Specifically, “the retired players performed worse on average on standard tests of memory than health controls, suggesting that their history of concussion affected their memory skills in some way.”
HealthDay reports the study “collected data on 28 former NFL players, aged 63 and older,” eight of whom “suffered from memory and attention problems and had a history of concussion.”
Meanwhile, “seventeen had a history of concussion with loss of consciousness.”
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