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J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2008 Nov;30(8):870-84. doi: 10.1080/13803390701846914. Epub 2008 Apr 10.

Neurocognitive vulnerability amongst university rugby players versus noncontact sport controls.

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Department of Psychology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.


University rugby players were compared with IQ-equivalent noncontact sports controls on memory and attentional tasks at the pre- and postseason intervals. Results revealed significant lowering for rugby players relative to controls at the postseason interval for attentional tasks with a speeded visuomotor component (ImPACT Visual Motor Speed; Trail Making Test, TMT, A and B). There was a practice effect for controls only between the pre- and postseason intervals for attentional tasks that commonly reveal improvements after a long retest interval (TMT A and B; Digits Backwards). Medium to large effect sizes implicate clinically relevant cognitive vulnerability for university-level rugby players in association with years of exposure to repetitive concussive injury.

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