Online event highlights research around brain injury in sport

10 Nov 2023

The dangers of brain injury in sport and how it affects a range of individuals, is the focus of an open event to be staged by the University of Winchester’s Sport and Exercise Research Centre (SERC).

“Concussion in Sport: Supporting Athletes, Carers, and Researchers” is an on-line event which takes place on November 22 from midday to 1.30pm.

Five short presentations will showcase current and planned research in the field of brain injury in sport including work on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – a type of dementia found in sports people.

Footballer in black and white striped shirt heading ball

CTE is usually caused by repeated blows to the head and people involved in contact sports like boxing, rugby, football (soccer), American football and martial arts are at the most risk.

A study published in the scientific journal Acta Neuropathologica on the eve of the recent Rugby World Cup found CTE present in 21 of the 31 brains (68 per cent) of former players donated to research institutes in the USA, UK and Australia.

CTE also has life-changing effects for relatives and loved ones who become carers.

The SERC event will hear from:

 “Through these presentations, we consider how best individuals can be supported when athletes have experienced brain injuries in sport, and how these research findings can underpin intervention work to support these individuals,” said Matt Smth, who leads this strand of research at SERC.

SERC is a dynamic hub of academics and researchers working together to identify and address pertinent issues in sport and exercise at a local, national, and international level. To find out more visit Sport and Exercise Research Centre - University of Winchester More information about SERC’s work on brain injury in sport can be found here.

The teams meeting link for the event is SERC Seminar - Concussion in Sport: Supporting Athletes, Carers, and Researchers.


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