Research has suggested that footballers’ mental health is likely to decline after the age of 65, according to a new study. Football
Professional sports have always been associated with physically demanding work, which often results in serious injuries to the players as a result of the hard work they put into their games. Sport can be physically demanding, but it is generally considered to be a rejuvenation for the brain, even if it is physically demanding.
Nevertheless, there is a horrifying future ahead for footballers, with new research revealing that football players are more vulnerable to developing mental health problems as they age compared to other people who do not play football.
There has been an improvement in the performance of the footballers aged 40 to 50 years old in comparison to the normal group. The problem comes when people reach the age of 65, when they are beginning to show signs of aging. There are many studies that show that the exercise associated with playing football is good for the brain, however, the negative effects of contact sport do begin to appear later in life as people age.
It has been revealed in this study that heading a ball causes damage to the brain cells that is not immediate, but appears gradually as the person ages, causing signs of damage in the brain cells. The athletes who participated in the study were found to have slow reaction times, slow reflexes, as well as memory impairments as a result of the tests conducted for the study.
In addition, it was recorded that footballers had difficulty focusing and multitasking. As a result, footballers have a greater chance of dying from dementia as compared to people in the general population.
A leading sports concussion expert at the University of East Anglia’s School of Health Sciences, Dr. Michael Grey, recently revealed the following: “It is known that heading the ball has been associated with an increased risk of dementia among professional footballers. However, until now, little has been known about at what point players begin to show signs of deterioration in their brain health. As a leading provider of cognitive dysfunction testing services, we use cutting-edge technology to detect warning signs of cognitive dysfunction that can be detected long before any memory loss or other noticeable symptoms manifest themselves. This is the first time this type of research has been done and these are the first results as we follow our participants’ brain health for the next few years.”
Researchers have called on professional football bodies to reassess the game in order to make sure it is a safe and healthy activity for the players, as hitting a ball with the head can damage the brain in the long run.