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Football codes challenged to join dementia fight

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Football codes challenged to join dementia fight

Alzheimer's Australia is putting pressure on the nation's football codes to do more research about concussion and the long-term impact on players.

 

The New South Wales branch of the organisation has released a paper that collates overseas research, mainly from the United States, about concussion and how it affects footballers later in life.

 

The study makes several recommendations, including that the nation's four big football codes - the NRL, the AFL, the ARU and the FFA - do their own research on the issue.

 

NSW branch chief executive John Watkins says the data shows a real cause for concern.

 

"[It] links concussions to loss of memory and dementia at an earlier stage than might normally be the case," he said.

 

"The codes have a responsibility to their players to undertake much more research in this area.

 

"Particularly with retired football players, to see if there is evidence of post-career cognitive impairment, and even the development of dementia as a result of multiple concussions sustained during their careers."

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The original article was produced by ABC News.


To view the rest of this article, visit the ABC News website.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-17/football-codes-challenged-to-join-dementia-fight/4578114

 

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