Research Study for Former Contact Sport Athletes

Most research studies of the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma have focused on professional athletes, but it’s critical to understand the effects of sports-related brain trauma on the general population. This study will focus on former athletes who have participated in contact sports that put them at higher risk for repetitive brain trauma (RBT). The goal of this research study is to:

  • Determine which factors increase a person’s risk for developing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease
  • Learn how to diagnose CTE in living patients.

What is CTE?

CTE is a brain disease that is caused, in part, by repeated blows to the head. To learn more about CTE, go to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy website.

We need Volunteers!

We are currently seeking volunteers to participate in this research study examining the long-term effects of sports-related concussions and other brain trauma in former contact sport athletes.

What will my study participation involve?

Participants spend two days in Boston each year for a variety of tests, including spinal tap, blood draw, neurological and mood exams, and tests of memory and thinking. There is no cost to participate.

Am I eligible to participate?

You may be eligible if…

…you are 50-79 years old

…you played a minimum of 5 years of any of these sports:

  • Boxing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Wrestling

…at least 2 of those years occurred after high school on the collegiate, semi-professional or professional level or as part of an organized recreational league

Click on the image below to view our recruitment flyer.

For more information contact Alexandra Bourlas

This study is conducted in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy