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May 23, 2024

Contact Sports and Risk of Head Injuries: are they associated with Parkinson’s Disease?

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By Juan Diego Drouet
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The exact cause of the disease remains a subject of research, some investigations suggest that there may be a link between head injuries and the later development of Parkinson's disease. Some contact sports have a high risk of head trauma, which can influence this risk. Find out what these sports are and how to take precautions.

High Risk Sports

Some contact sports, such as rugby, ice hockey, and American football, have an increased risk of head injury due to the physical nature of the competition.  These lesions range from a direct blow to the head to a violent collision that can cause head trauma.


Brain Injury and Parkinson's Disease

Although the exact relationship between brain damage and the development of Parkinson's disease is not fully understood, there is evidence that damage to specific areas of the brain, such as the black nucleus, may contribute to the development of Parkinson's study.   These areas participate in the regulation of movement and the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter altered in Parkinson's disease.

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Notes and Considerations

Protective equipment: In high-risk sports, protective gear like helmets and other equipment can significantly reduce the risk of head trauma.


  • Risk Awareness: It is important to be aware of the risks associated with contact sports and make an informed decision about participation.
  • Medical examination: Before starting any contact sport, we recommend a complete medical examination, including a neurological examination, to determine if it is suitable for your health and risks.


Although Parkinson's disease is multifactorial and its causes are complex, some evidence suggests that there may be a link between brain damage and the development of the disease. It is therefore important to take precautions, especially in high-risk sports where the risk of head trauma is increased.   Being well informed and making informed decisions regarding participation in these sports will help minimize risks and lead a healthy lifestyle.

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