A major new research has found that experiencing three or more concussions is linked with worsened brain function in later life. The research, conducted by teams at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter, included data from more than 15,000 participants of the online PROTECT study, who were aged between 50 and 90 and based in the UK. The study found that people who reported three or more concussions had significantly worse cognitive function, which got successively worse with each subsequent concussion after that. Attention and completion of complex tasks were particularly affected. Furthermore, the researchers found that reporting even one moderate-to-severe concussion was associated with worsened attention, completion of complex tasks and processing speed capacity. The research highlights the importance of understanding head injuries and the impact to long term cognitive function, as concussion has also been linked to dementia.
Today: December 11, 2023