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Deakin study reveals legacy of sporting injuries

Australian Rules footballers have been warned not to “suffer in silence”, following a study showing the long term effects on the brain of sports concussion.

Alan Pearce, a neuroscientist with Deakin University’s School of Psychology, carried out the first comprehensive investigation into the consequences of head injuries in Australian sportsmen.

He tested the brain function of 40 retired footballers, from both amateur and elite-level clubs. He found all former players had reduced motor control and abnormal changes in brain function compared to healthy people of the same age who had never played contact sport.

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