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Study links head shocks to brain damage

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The Concussion Legacy Foundation said a study by experts from universities in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Britain had found evidence conclusive that repeated shocks to the head caused chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The researchers said the brain banks of the US Department of Defense, Boston University, the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Mayo Clinic had all published studies showing that athletes participating in contact sports were 68 times more likely to develop ETC than the others.

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Recognition by global sports bodies

The Concussion Legacy Foundation wants more global sporting bodies to recognize the causal link between head impacts andETC.

While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Football League (NFL) have already acknowledged this link, organizations such as FIFA, World Rugby and the IOC have not. the foundation.

It’s time to include repetitive head injuries and CTE among child protection efforts like exposure to lead, mercury, smoking and sunburnsaid Adam Finkel, professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan.

The research comes as more sports take steps to limit head contact.

Last week, the Football Association of England was given permission to test the removal of head contact in low-level competitions and leagues. Similar rules have been in effect in the United States since 2015 in youth soccer.

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In rugby, England’s World Cup winner Steve Thompson and former Welsh rugby international Alix Popham have taken legal action against World Rugby, Rugby Football Union and Welsh Rugby Union for not protecting them from the risk of concussion.

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