Elite male footballers have higher risk of developing dementia: Lancet study

Updated: Mar 17 2023 1:37PM

New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) Elite football players had increased risk of developing Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases compared to general population, according to an observational study published in The Lancet Public Health journal.

Among male footballers playing in the Swedish top division, 9 per cent (537 out of 6,007) were diagnosed with neurodegenerative disease, compared to 6 per cent (3,485 out of 56,168) population controls.

In recent years, there have been growing concerns about exposure to head trauma in football and whether it can lead to increased risk of neurodegenerative disease later in life.