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Epilepsy in football players and other land-based contact or collision sport athletes: when can they participate, and is there an increased risk?
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PMID:  15324597     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We discuss the impact of epilepsy on the lives of athletes involved in contact sports. Recommendations for epilepsy patients with regard to contact sports have changed over the years from avoidance to encouragement. It is conceivable that exercise could exacerbate seizures either directly, through hyperventilation, or indirectly by alteration of anticonvulsant levels. Seizures could also be injurious in contact sports, and recurrent minor head trauma could worsen epilepsy. However, evidence to the contrary abounds and very few case reports support these notions. Exercise benefits individuals with epilepsy in many ways including improved seizure control, mood, and quality of life. We suggest that athletes with epilepsy be evaluated on an individual basis, and follow sensible guidelines while participating in contact sports. There is no significant evidence to suggest that contact sports are harmful to athletes with epilepsy; however, common sense rules still apply.
Sanjiv K Sahoo; Nathan B Fountain
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current sports medicine reports     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1537-8918     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Sports Med Rep     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-24     Completed Date:  2006-04-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101134380     Medline TA:  Curr Sports Med Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  284-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Box 800394, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
Brain Concussion / epidemiology
Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology
Epilepsy / epidemiology*
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors

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