Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on patient health of regular instances of concussion.

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Repeated concussions or blows to the head have been linked to serious problems, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a type of dementia and is particularly associated with contact sports, such as boxing or American football.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides the guidance on ‘head injury: assessment and early management’, last updated in June 2017. This provides information on minor brain injuries (concussion), as well and the early management of head injuries and information for the public.

Advice and further information on concussion and CTE can be found via the NICE and NHS websites at the following links:

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