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Concussion issue big enough but now research links big hits with Alzheimer’s

Researchers have started gathering data on the severity and frequency of hits at club level rugby.

“That data suggests you are looking at something that is not far off what you see American football, that is hard, frequent and significantly hits going in game after game,” he says.

Symptoms of dementia usually appear between 12 and 16 years after the career begins and include memory, speech and personality problems, tremors and a lack of coordination.

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