Head Injury / Concussion

Head Injuries; New Concerns Over Old Injuries

Mountain biker with helmet to protect headA new study suggests a concussion may affect mental efficiency more than 30 years later.
In an article in January 28, 2009, Brain, University of Montreal researchers Louis de Beaumont and colleagues reports that individuals “concussed in their youth show subtle signs of mental and physical problems even more than 30 years later,” according to their study published online the journal Brain. The study “involved just 40 former athletes aged between 50 and 60, 19 of whom had a history of one or more concussions in their youth.”

“Compared to those who were concussion-free, the participants who’d been concussed only once or twice in their early adulthood showed declines in attention and memory, as well as a slowing of some types of movement.”