- Former rugby players are taking legal action against rugby governing bodies, alleging neurological impairments caused by repeated head knocks.
- Concussions and TBIs are linked to an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia.
- Research shows that even minor head injuries can lead to brain damage and CTE.
- Biomarkers such as blood and saliva tests could provide objective data to diagnose brain injuries.
- Sports governing bodies are taking steps to improve player welfare, but progress has been slow.
The Economist — Tech — Contact Sports — Health — Sports — Neurology
Evidence is growing that playing contact sports can lead to long-term brain injuries
Former rugby players are taking legal action against rugby governing bodies after being diagnosed with neurological impairments caused by repeated head knocks, highlighting the link between contact sports and long-term brain injuries.