Long-term effects of recurrent concussion
It’s a familiar scenario for footy fans when a player on the field gets hit hard and knocked down. The spectators gasp. The player eventually gets up, and there’s a collective sigh of relief. Enthusiastic cheering usually ensues. Thankfully, the player seems okay – in the short-term, anyway.
However, for players who take repeated hits to the head, the real damage may be delayed. To find out more about the consequences of recurrent concussions, researchers at the University of North Carolina’s Center for the Study of Retired Athletes have been rigorously testing former professional football