BRAIN study: evaluating the relationship between long-term cognitive function and concussion in rugby players

Takeaway

  • Concussions and length of career are not associated with long-term cognitive decline in former rugby players, but in players over age 75, suffering ≥3 concussions is associated with worse cognitive function.

Why this matters

  • Current evidence suggests a relationship between concussions and cognitive impairments in athletes, but findings are largely inconsistent, and health benefits of physical activity and sports participation, including protective cognitive effects, are well established.

  • Results from this study suggest tailored clinical management for older ex-rugby players, and potentially those of other sports, who may be at increased risk of cognitive decline.