Research Projects

Understanding the link between sport and dementia risk

Awarded to:

Current award:
£77,013

Institution:
The Health Policy Partnership

Dates:
1 November 2021 - 30 April 2023

Full project name:

Understanding the link between sport and dementia risk

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This project will look at the current evidence around the benefits and risks of sport. It will involve consultation with stakeholders in research, clinicians and sporting bodies to help define any future research priorities in this space.

We know sport brings a range of health benefits, which also are good for the brain and existing studies show this is true for a range of sports.

This project will help to better understand the risk factors for dementia with a view to minimising the number of dementia cases in the future.

Emerging evidence already exists when it comes to the relationship between sports and dementia risk, and it’s becoming an increasingly prominent public issue.

This six-month project is designed to look at the current evidence base around the benefits and risks of sport.

The research will be carried out with an initial literature review. It will also involve consultation with stakeholders to help define research priorities in this space.

Stakeholders will include representatives from sporting bodies, and a broad range of expertise from the research community including clinicians and epidemiologists.

The delivery of a final report and wrap up with stakeholders will mark the end of the project.

The more we understand about the potential risks of sport, the better governing bodies can help manage those risks.

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