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People who play rugby should consider getting critical illness cover, as new research provides a strong link between repeated blows to the head and dementia.
Researchers from the University of Richmond in New York looked at the autopsies of a dozen sportsmen who had died after suffering from the illness.
All the subjects were found to have a disease called CTE, which can cause dementia to set in following years of repeated concussions.
Lead author Dr Ann McKee noted that "this is the first pathological evidence that repetitive head trauma experienced in collision sports might be associated with the development of a motor neuron disease."
Soldiers may also need to consider critical illness cover after returning from active duty, as they could suffer concussions from explosions and blows to the head.
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