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Montreal Study Finds Subtle Long-Term Cognitive Effects of a Single Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

By on April 8, 2021 In Proving TBI, Research
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Adding to a growing volume of literature on this topic, Montreal researchers published a study in January, 2021 demonstrating that a single mild traumatic brain injury involving late adulthood patients (ages 50-70) leads to subtle, long-term cognitive consequences.

The article, authored by Camille Larson-Dupuis et. al., entitled Subtle long-term cognitive effects of a single mild traumatic brain injury and the impact of a three-month aerobic exercise intervention, was published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness (2021 January: 61(1): 87-95).  What makes these findings particularly significant is that all participants in the study were exempt from confounding factors sometimes associated with long-term consequences. All participants:

  • had negative scans
  • were symptom-free within three months of their accident (including depression and anxiety)
  • did not present with chronic conditions known as risk factors for cognitive decline (uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease)
  • were all well-educated

Cognitive declines, compared to a control group, were noted two to seven years post-accident in attention, processing speed, executive functioning and memory.

The study also tested the hypothesis that a 12-week aerobic exercise program would lead to cognitive improvements in the TBI group. The data did not support this hypothesis.

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