A Correlation Between Recurrent Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

914 Words Oct 8th, 2016 4 Pages
The first study written by Guskiewicz et al. (2007) examined a correlation between recurrent mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that occurs as a result of playing football at a professional level and a long-term psychiatric disorder or, more specifically, depression. The authors argued that vast majority of TBI research is focused on a more severe spectrum of TBI and its association with neurodegenerative disorders, including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Guskiewicz et al. (2007) postulated that the longer the history of recurrent mild concussions, the higher the prevalence of lifetime depression in an attempt to better understand defining elements and factors associated with depression. A substantial pool of participants (N = 3683) were selected from the National Football League Player’s Association using purposive sampling, and self-report questionnaires to identify their physiological functioning and their history of concussions, as well as the previous diagnoses of depression were sent to the selected former players. Similarly, Hart et al. (2013) conducted a study to determine an association between abnormalities in the brain and its connection with the prevalence of depression among professional football players. The authors used comprehensive neuroimaging techniques known as Fluid-Attenuated Inversion Recovery Images that produce signals corresponding to brain lesions, Hemosiderin Scan that examines the brain for previous bleeding,…

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