For many years, it was believed that concussions resulted in immediate medical problems that are curable over a period of time. However, researchers failed to fathom the long term implications of concussions on one’s physical and mental health.
Recently, studies have been conducted to investigate the effects of concussions over a period of 3 decades. These studies have revealed a reduction in one’s cognitive and motor activities almost 30 years after the individual suffered the concussion. This study has aided in making athletes aware of the long term repercussions of sports concussions so as to apprise them about the threats involved in continuing with the sport.
This study was conducted under the leadership of Louis De Beaumont who graduated from the Centre de recherche en neuropsychologie et cognition, Université de Montréal, Canada. All the subjects of study were between the age group of 50 to 60 years and had been university level athletes in their younger days. These former athletes were presently involved in physical activities at least thrice every week and were in sound health. The study was based on a comparison between 19 of these athletes who had suffered from concussion approximately 3 decades ago and another group comprising of 21 athletes who had never undergone the same medical condition.
The analysis was conducted through a questionnaire and evaluation of their intellectual and physical capabilities. The results of the study highlighted that those athletes who had gone through sports concussion 30 years back displayed decrease in their concentration power and memory, delay in response to erratic stimuli and slower movements in comparison to the other group.
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