It is a common question, does a traumatic brain injury or a brain injury suffered from a physical sport put someone at a greater risk of developing dementia? More research clearly needs to be done, but there has been some evidence that proves a relationship between head injuries and dementia.
What is a head injury?
A head injury is when a blow to the head causes physical damage or problematic symptoms. Sometimes a brain injury ends up being a concussion or it can result in physical brain damage, which then is considered a traumatic brain injury.
Sports & head injuries
Football and other physical sports are known to cause long-term brain damage. Players who end up getting a head injury while playing have been found t have a higher risk of developing dementia.
Research has shown that those with a traumatic brain injury are 50 percent more likely to develop dementia. Other head injuries haven’t been able to provide consistent results to know how much of a risk they are at for developing dementia. More research needs to be done along with spreading awareness.
What can we do?
On top of conducting more research and spreading dementia awareness, we can do things to prevent the onset of dementia. SMART Brain Aging offers online brain games designed to boost brain health. Try it for free today!
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