Research

“There has been a lot of attention on repeated concussions and neurodegenerative disease, particularly in post-mortem samples of ex-athletes, but there is a need for more comprehensive assessment of mental and behavioral changes during life. This longitudinal study will allow us to track changes over time to better understand aging and brain health in retired professional athletes.”

-Dr. Brian Levine, neuropsychologist and senior scientist at the Rotman Research Institute

Researchers at Baycrest Health Sciences’ Rotman Research Institute have reported the most comprehensive neuropsychological study of retired professional ice hockey players to date.

They found that the alumni involved in the study, most of whom played in the NHL, were free from significant brain impairment on objective testing. Yet the players reported a high level of emotional, behavioural and cognitive challenges on questionnaires rating subjective complaints.

The ongoing study led by Dr. Brian Levine focuses on retired professional ice hockey players’ cognitive and behavioural functioning in relation to their age, concussion history, and genetic risk. Find out more about the study’s findings and next steps.