News and Media

Selected news and media articles featuring members of the NeuroSports Labs team or highlighting topical concussion issues and developments.

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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy in Australia: the first three years of the Australian Sports Brain Bank

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative tauopathy caused by repetitive head injury.1 Although it has chiefly been studied in contact sport participants, anyone who experiences repetitive head injury is at risk of CTE. It is associated with a range of neuro‐psychological problems, ranging from mood and behavioural symptoms to cognitive impairment and dementia.2 Clinical […]
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As a neuroscientist, would I let my kids play football?

As a neuroscientist researching the hot topic of concussion in sport, I am used to being asked a lot of questions. One of the most common but difficult questions I get asked is whether I would let my children play football.
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For an unlucky 10% of people with concussion, the symptoms may be long-lasting

Concussion is a temporary disturbance in brain function following an impact to the head. It can also occur after a blow to the body, if the force is transmitted to the head. Most people associate concussion with sports but they can occur anywhere, even at work or school.
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When will we stop butting heads over sporting concussion?

There’s a certain beauty and pragmatism to the culture of organised sports. Borne out of an endeavour to display manly prowess and disciplined toughness, the inherent risk of physical injury  is accepted by both the courts of law and sports people. The colloquial Australian phrase “she’ll be right” captures that relaxed logic nicely. A public debate on concussion policies […]