Two medical institutions in the United Kingdom are doing the analysis link between brain injuries in the development of athletes and dementia, research generated from Former rugby players filed complaint Against governing bodies – such as World Rugby, Rugby Football Union and Welsh Rugby Union, By Do not save them from permanent injury.
project, company in charge Alzheimer’s Research UK and consultant health policy partnership, It predates six months of work and includes a review of the medical literature on the matter and consultation with interested parties—clinical, research and sports— To gain a better understanding of the knowledge gap in this area.
“There is growing evidence that physical exercise may play a role in reducing the risk of dementia. However, current research also shows that Some athletes are at increased risk of developing dementia, and there is little evidence and understanding about why this happens.”The preliminary report indicated the institutions in charge of the investigation.
Alzheimer’s Research UK will invest $600,000 To develop the study to be presented in the coming months.
The World Health Organization said in this context that approximately There are currently 55 million people living with dementia around the world, and this number is expected to increase 139 million by 2050. Therefore, a better understanding of the various prevention and risk reduction activities may play an important role in mitigating the potential impact in the future.
case and evidence
The former athletes who claimed were diagnosed with early-onset dementia and other irreversible neurological impairment after quitting the sport, in this case rugby. These include the former captain of the Wales team, Ryan Jones, and the winner of hooter england world cup in 2003, Steve Thompson.
Recent research by scientists Hospital Southern General N Glasgow, scotland, And this University of PennsylvaniaThe United States analyzed brain tissue from 39 people who were recovering from a head injury and 39 people who had never had such an injury.
In the process, he found Brain abnormalities in 35% of people who had an injury. “We know from clinical studies that There’s a Link Between a Head Injury and Developing Dementiaexplained William Stewart, who led the study in Glasgow.
research suggests that Brain injury can trigger a process in which the brain is eventually affected. Stewart said the study needed more scientific evidence, but added that the finding leads to a better understanding of how dementia develops.
“Part of the challenge we have with dementia is that a lot of the research is done with people who already have the disease.”Researchers say.
“What we didn’t understand is How did they get to that stage and what is the reason for that process in your brain. Now we can look at patients who have suffered head injuries and see what is happening there.”
Premier League will ban headers in youth divisions
The English Football Association (FA) will test a temporarily banned header in U-12 division matches with the possibility of doing so permanently from the 2023–2024 season.
This measure has already been implemented in some Test matches as part of the studyThey associate headbutting with a greater tendency to suffer from degenerative diseases in the brain.
“If the test is successful, the goal is to eliminate headers for all under-12 and lower division matches from the 2023-2024 season,” the FA said in a statement.
The United States is the only country in the world where headers are banned in the lower divisions. -below 10 years – While players between 11 and 13 years can do it only for a short time.