Brain microstructure may be altered following participation in contact sports

Written by Alice Bough (Future Science Group)

A research group from Western University (London, Canada) has demonstrated that the brains of women regularly playing contact sports such as rugby change in a way not seen in women participating in non-contact sports (e.g., swimming and rowing). The results of the study, published in Neurology®, support the theory that there may be many neurological changes associated with high-impact contact sports that aren’t as obvious as concussion. “There’s no longer a debate that when an athlete is diagnosed with a concussion caused by a sharp blow or a fall, there is a chance it may contribute to brain changes that...

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