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Learn about patient choice nowPlaying rugby could increase the chance ofdementia if players receive repeated knocksto the head, The Daily Telegraph has reported.
So should ‘egg chasers’ both amateur and professionals be worried? The quick answer is probably not as The Telegraph has seriously dropped the ball when it came to reporting onthis study, whichactually looked at an entirely different sport American football.
The study looked at retired American football players and found that they were at threefold risk of dying from neurodegenerative diseases than the general population. Neurodegenerative diseases are debilitating diseases where there is progressive loss of nerve cells leading to gradual loss of function.
The players were also four times more likely than the general population to haveAlzheimer’s diseaseor a specific type ofmotor neurone diseaserecorded on their death certificate (either as a cause of death or contributing cause).
While not directly proven, the researchers argue that the increased risk is probably the result of recurrent episodes of concussion.
A significant problem with the reporting on this study is that, despite first impressions, rugby is a very different game to American football.
American football tends to be faster paced with Authentic Antrel Rolle Jersey a greater emphasis placed on ‘blocking’ where one player obstructs another’s path with his body. If this move is performed when the other player is running at speed, it can often result in some degree of concussion.
That said, there is some concern in rugby circles about the impact of regular concussion on the brain, with new international rules recently being introduced to reduce Harry Carson Giants Jersey the risk.
Where did the story come from?
The study was carried out by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), US, and was funded by the centers’ National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety.
The study was published in thepeer reviewed journal Neurology.
While the main body of The Telegraph’s report was accurate its headline was very misleading.
The headline made no mention that the study was actually about American football. If you were of a cynical bent you may Lawrence Taylor Giants Jersey suspect that the term ‘rugby’ was used to draw people attentions to what is in fact a very US centric story.
What kind of research was this?
This was acohort study in which researchers looked at the causes of death among 3,459 retired professional National Football League (NFL) players in the US.
In particular, it analysed the causes of deaths from neurodegenerative diseases disorders and compared findings to death rates within the general US population. These are debilitating diseases where there is progressive breakdown or death of nerve cells leading to gradual loss of function; examples are Alzheimer’s and .
The researchers point out that previous research has raised concerns about the longer term health effects of recurrent concussion associated with American football, Authentic Mark Bavaro Jersey as Phil McConkey Jersey well as other contact sports such as boxing, ice hockey and (proper) football.
So while the researchers think that CTE played an important role in the development of Eli Manning Giants Jersey neurodegenerative diseases, as a category, it was not included in this research.