PREVENT Football / Rugby

Why are we doing this study?

The PREVENT dementia study aims to identify risk factors for dementia in mid-life. We are now opening up the study to specifically ask individuals with a history of playing elite or professional rugby to take part. This will allow us to investigate whether there are any increased risks of developing dementia after having playing these sports. In particular we will look at the detailed history of players including the positions played in and experience of head injuries whilst playing.

Who is eligible to take part?

We are inviting individuals aged 40-59 who have played elite and/or professional rugby to participate in the study.

What will happen if I choose to take part?

The study assessments involved are details on our For Participants page. At the moment the study is only open at our research unit in Edinburgh, you would need to travel there for the study visits in order to participate. We do hope to open the study at other centres if funding becomes available, so if you cannot make it to Edinburgh but are interested in the study, we can add your details to our waiting list for another site.

How can I join?

If you would be interested in participating in the study and have a history of playing elite or professional rugby or football please sign up in the box below and we will be in touch to discuss the study further.

    Photo Credits (Attribution)

    Football photograph 'Women's football final at 2007 Pan Ams.jpg' by Wilson Dias/Abr, CC BY 3.0 BR, via Wikimedia Commons.
    Rugby photograph 'ST vs Gloucester - Match - 03.JPG' by PierreSelim, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.