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Sportspeople at higher risk of mild cognitive impairment?

Sportspeople at higher risk of mild cognitive impairment?
18th July 2011

A new study has indicated that former sportspeople could be at a higher risk of mild cognitive impairment, and potentially Alzheimer's, in later life, meaning they may require home care or assisted living.

Researchers from Loyola University Health System investigated retired NFL football players with an average age of 61, and found that 35 per cent of players had possible mild cognitive impairment, according to the findings presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2011 in Paris.

Mild cognitive impairment affects memory, language and other mental function, and is a possible precursor for Alzheimer's disease.

Study author neuropsychologist Christopher Randolph, said: "It appears there may be a very high rate of cognitive impairment in these retired football players, compared to the general population in that age range."

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