New results from the FIELD (Football’s InfluencE on Lifelong health and Dementia risk) study were published on the evening of Tuesday 4 October. In previous findings from the landmark FIELD study, the research team reported the first data on neurodegenerative risk among former professional footballers. The current study is a continuation of this research into brain health outcomes among former contact sports athletes, and represents the largest study to date looking in this detail at neurodegenerative disease risk among former international rugby players.
Lead author of the study, Professor Willie Stewart, Consultant Neuropathologist and Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow, presented the findings of this work and answered journalists’ questions.
Prof Willie Stewart, Consultant Neuropathologist and Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow
This briefing was accompanied by an SMC Roundup of Comments.