Navigation Links
Retired NFL players at higher risk for mild cognitive impairment
Date:7/17/2011

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Retired NFL football players are at higher risk for mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to Alzheimer's disease, a Loyola University Health System study has found.

A screening survey of 513 retired players and their wives found that 35 percent of the players had scores suggesting possible mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Their average age was 61.

"It appears there may be a very high rate of cognitive impairment in these retired football players, compared to the general population in that age range," said neuropsychologist Christopher Randolph, PhD.

Randolph presented his findings at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2011 in Paris.

Persons with MCI have problems with memory, language or another mental function. Such problems are noticeable to themselves or others, and show up on tests, but are not severe enough to interfere with daily living. People who have MCI are at higher risk for developing Alzheimer's disease over the next few years.

A subset of players were further screened by telephone, and then underwent more extensive evaluation at the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. These players were compared with two groups of nonathletes: 41 demographically similar adults with no cognitive changes and 81 people diagnosed with MCI.

The retired players met standard diagnostic criteria for MCI and were clearly impaired compared with the demographically matched nonathletes. The impairments of retired players shown on neuropsychological testing were highly similar to those exhibited by patients with MCI.

The athletes with MCI were significantly younger and slightly less impaired overall than the comparison group of nonathletes with MCI.

Animal studies have demonstrated that blows to the head can kill brain cells, even when the blow is not sufficiently hard to produce a concussion. Recent studies of football players wearing helmets with accelerometers have found that, each season, the average college football player receives more than 1,000 blows to the head of a magnitude greater than 10 g-force. More than 250 of these blows are greater than 30 g-force.

Randolph said the findings of his study suggest that repetitive head trauma from years of playing football may result in diminished brain "reserve" and thus lead to earlier expression of age-related degenerative diseases such as MCI and Alzheimer's.

"However, it would take additional studies to confirm this," Randolph said. "So for now, these studies should be considered very preliminary."


'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Ritter
jritter@lumc.edu
708-216-2445
Loyola University Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Retired NFL Players More Likely to Take Painkillers
2. Retired NFL players misuse painkillers more than general population
3. Retired Military Brass Support First Ladys Call to Reduce Child Obesity, Improve Nutrition
4. Vitamin D lower in NFL football players who suffered muscled injuries, study reports
5. Ankle Braces May Protect Young Basketball Players
6. College Players Hoop Dreams May Get Boost From Extra Zzzs
7. Extended sleep improves the athletic performance of collegiate basketball players
8. Speed, Size Predict Teen Football Players Rankings
9. Most labor unions unlikely to follow decertification path of NFL players
10. Football Players Urged to Beat the Heat
11. High-volume portable music players may impair ability to clearly discriminate sounds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... Dr. Rassouli, dentist in ... cognitive decline. According to the research, which was published in the “Journal of the ... decline, and about 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that dental ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... Boston, MA (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... and tips when trying to conceive. , “If you are ready to ... Dr. Mache Seibel. “My book, HealthChequesTM: Journal Babies is your Personal Conception & ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... ... Kulbersh of Carolina Facial Plastics isn’t surprised that Charlotte, NC, the city where he and ... Cities with the Highest Plastic Rates .” The other cities that made the list ... a survey by RealSelf and combining that data with the number of board-certified ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... Beach, FL (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... to great pain and suffering. With no cure, most patients must deal with prescription ... a free coupon card, allowing up to 75% savings at the pharmacy on many ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... which includes amniotic fluid/“stem cells” and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. “These are ... said Dr. James Baranski, D.C., of Advanced Spine & Sport Medical. “We are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... -- The blood testing market in China ... and The Freedonia Group in a recent report.  The ... healthcare research firm said that China ... and in improving testing at the provincial level.   The ... Blood Testing Market in China , which utilized ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 2016   Acsis , a leading provider of ... market research and advisory firm IDC has named it ... Worldwide Pharmaceutical Track and Trace Software 2016 Vendor Assessment ... assessment of the capabilities and business strategies of 10 ... Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160427/360791LOGO ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... 2016 Im ... Zürich gab Strekin AG den Start einer ... Erhaltung des Resthörvermögens von Patienten, denen ein ... umfassende Phase-II-Doppelblindstudie mit Placebo-Kontrollgruppe werden momentan Patienten ... während der Operation direkt ins Mittelohr verabreicht. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: