A recent study reveals that early-life concussions may lead to faster cognitive decline in later years. The research highlights the need for early interventions to minimize the risk of long-term cognitive problems.
A study of 8,662 WWII veterans showed that 25% of the participants had experienced a concussion in their life. Twins who had a history of TBI had lower scores on cognitive tests and exhibited quicker decline than their non-injured counterparts, particularly those with trauma after age 24 or those who lost consciousness. These results suggest that TBI in early life may lead to long-term cognitive problems.
8,662 WWII veterans
The study underscores the need for early interventions to mitigate the long-term effects of TBI. Despite the modest effect sizes, the cumulative impact of TBI and other negative factors might be essential enough to require cognitive evaluations and early interventions. If we can identify people at risk of cognitive decline, it may be possible to slow cognitive decline, delay the onset of dementia, or prevent it entirely.
Early interventions to mitigate long-term effects
The possibility of delaying or preventing dementia
The trend we’re seeing with increased emergency room visits due to sports or recreational activityrelated injuries is concerning. Combine that with the estimate of half a million military members who suffered a TBI between 2000 and 2020, and the potential long-term impact of TBI is alarming. It underscores the need for better awareness and early interventions to mitigate the risk of future cognitive problems.
Sports and recreation-related injuries, military service
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